Saturday, January 26, 2013
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air was created as a starring vehicle for rapper Will Smith. Smith’s aunt Vivian Banks was initially portrayed by Janet Hubert-Whitten. Hubert-Whitten and Smith frequently clashed, and after Hubert-Whitten complained one too many times, she was fired. (A contract clause that didn’t allow her to get pregnant was cited, even though her pregnancy had been written into the show.) Daphne Maxwell Reid took over the role in 1993.
Bowled move: In 1997, Ally McBeal was the first series to feature a unisex bathroom in the workplace.