Last week, fans of ’90s sitcom Family Matters were ecstatic to see the cast reunited for the first time in years on the cover of Entertainment Weekly.
Still, die-hard followers couldn’t help but notice the youngest Winslow sibling missing from the story, as Jaimee “Judy Winslow” Foxworth was nowhere to be found. Though many chalk it up to her character being written out of the series after its fourth season, the actress still feels the need to share her thoughts on not being invited to the epic reunion.
In an interview with The Root, the child star reveals she is still friends with Jo Marie Payton (Harriette), Darius McCrary (Eddie), Kellie Shanygne Williams (Laura) and Shawn Harrison (Waldo).
She does confirm, however, that no one from the publication reached out to her.
“I was not invited at all. I wasn’t even contacted. Shawn sent me a text two days before it was released. He asked if anyone contacted me, and he just wanted to let me know that EW contacted them to do a reunion cover. And he just didn’t want me to be shocked when it came out.”
A very insulted Foxworth went on to call out the magazine, saying, “The people in the picture are more important than the picture itself. It was a slap in the face from Entertainment Weekly. I don’t think there’s any good explanation.”
Her only guess about why she wouldn’t be notified would be her past as an adult film star, which she believes is a poor excuse.
“If they want to use adult films as the reason, I’m not the first person to do adult films and won’t be the last,” she said.
The 37-year-old also explained why she was let go from the series in the first place, saying the introduction and growing popularity of Steven Q. Urkel, played by Jaleel White, meant less and less screen time for the young thespian.
“The producers felt that they could do it and no one would notice. They’d done it with previous shows they had. They figured no one would really care. My fans took notice of it,” Foxworth said. “They figured they could just throw me away, no explanation at all. Some of my cast members knew before I did.”
In the end, the former television star isn’t dwelling on the past or focused on getting snubbed because there are more important things going on in her life right now.
“I’m not that little girl anymore. Judy and Family Matters don’t define me. What defines me is how my son turns out. I don’t want people to look at my past, and even this situation, and judge me. I am extremely happy in the place that I’m in right now. I’m just trying to live my best life.”
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Born and raised in Compton, California, Jessica Bennett began her career as an intern at The Oakland Post, and later, The Source Magazine. She went on to write for respected hip hop publications such as DJ Booth and Hip Hop DX before becoming the Urban Editor of pop culture website, Wetpaint.com. She joined Ebony as the Entertainment Editor August 2017. Bennett has interviewed such names as Vanessa Williams, Spike Lee, Tyra Banks, Forest Whitaker, Magic & Cookie Johnson and several others.