Janet Hubert is joining the cast of TBS comedy The Last O.G., co-starring Tracy Morgan.
The former Fresh Prince of Bel-Air actress, who originated the role of Vivian “Aunt Viv” Banks, will play Miss May Miller, who is part of Roberta’s (Anna Maria Horsford) card game group and has been her friend (and rival) since their high school days, according to Deadline.
During the weekly card games, Hubert’s character gives commentary on Morgan’s character Tray, who is trying to rehabilitate into society after being in jail over the last 15 years.
The Last O.G. is executive produced by Morgan; Jordan Peele for Monkeypaw Productions; Eric Tannenbaum and Kim Tannenbaum for The Tannenbaum Company; Joel Zadak of Artists First; Owen Smith and Steve Ast. TBS has renewed the comedy for its fourth season.
The new role will be welcomed by the actress after recently revealing she felt blacklisted by Hollywood following her departure from The Fresh Prince.
As previously reported, the dancer and actress sat down with Will Smith to have a candid conversation during the show’s 30th anniversary reunion special for HBO Max last fall.
On the special, Hubert revealed she was struggling with personal issues during her last season on the show. She said she was pregnant and in an abusive marriage. Losing her job only made things worse.
“When I left the show, I had this new baby and no one. Family disowned me. Hollywood disowned me. My family said, ‘You’ve ruined our name.’ And I wasn’t unprofessional on the set. I just stopped talking to everybody because I didn’t know who to trust because I had been banished. And they said it was you who banished me. Because you were Will. It was hard,” she told Smith.
The actress clarified what really happened, and said she was offered a new contract, which she declined, because it greatly reduced her salary and barred her from working on other projects.
Following her exit, Hubert has been part of other series during the last decades, but none as big as her role on The Fresh Prince. Her latest role was on the King Ester digital series on Issa Rae’s YouTube channel, which earned a her a 2020 Daytime Emmy nomination for her role.