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    Janet Hubert Said She's Found Peace After Ending Her Years-Long Feud With Will Smith

    "I always had to prove myself."

    It’s no secret that Janet Hubert and Will Smith have had their differences in the past.

    Will Smith as William 'Will' Smith, Janet Hubert as Vivian Banks talking in a scene from the show

    The pair went through a years-long feud after Hubert exited The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and was replaced by actor Daphne Maxwell Reid in the cast.

    (L-R) James Avery, Daphne Reid, Karyn Parsons, Tatyana Ali and Will Smith stand onstage at the BET Awards 05

    Though Hubert and Smith saw things differently at the time, they finally reconciled in 2020 when they appeared on the show’s TV reunion special on HBO Max.

    Hubert said that getting to talk things out with Smith was very comforting because she finally felt a sense of peace with the actor.

    Will Smith as William 'Will' Smith, Janet Hubert as Vivian Banks in a promotional photo

    "If there are tree roots in the drain, the water doesn't flow," she recently told People, and added, "the drain has been snaked."

    Janet Hubert attends the Tribeca Fall Preview: "Love Life" season two premiere

    During the reunion, Hubert said that her exit from The Fresh Prince made her seem like a very problematic actor, and it didn’t help that Smith wasn’t clearing her name.

    Will Smith as William 'Will' Smith, Janet Hubert as Vivian Banks talking in a hospital in a scene from the show

    But even though she said her career was impacted by the negative connotations about her, Hubert said she still found peace in her career.

    Janet Hubert as Vivian Banks

    "I don't know if it's a comeback," she said. "I haven't come from anywhere; I've been here.”

    Janet Hubert attends the Tribeca Fall Preview: "Love Life" season two premiere

    “It's just now… I always had to prove myself. I also had to walk in with a presupposition, and I don't have to do that anymore, which is really lovely."

    Tatyana Ali as Ashley Banks, Janet Hubert as Vivian Banks smile as they sit on a couch

    The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air was never the same without Hubert. I’m so glad that she and Smith have put their differences behind them.

    Alfonso Ribeiro as Carlton Banks, Janet Hubert as Vivian Banks, James Avery as Philip Banks, Karyn Parsons as Hilary Banks; Front: Will Smith as William 'Will' Smith