‘A Different World’ actors Jasmine Guy and Kadeem Hardison reveal producers constantly disregarded and yelled at Lisa Bonet on set

Another World Stars Jasmine guy and Kadeem Hardison Celebrating 35 years of the series and telling never-before-heard stories about its inner workings, including alleging that the show’s producers treated their original lead actress, Lisa Bonet, horribly.

During a special appearance on The Breakfast Club, the couple, who portrayed Whiteey Gilbert and Dwayne Wayne on the show from 1987 to 1993, reflected on the first season. Guy revealed she was trying to quit despite signing a six-year deal. However, according to reports, the producers would not agree.

Darryl M. Bell, Lisa Bonet, Dawnn Lewis, Kadeem Hardison, Jasmine Guy, Debbie Allen, Cree Summer and Sinbad from “A Different World” (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc for Nickelodeon Television)

“That first season — I’m telling you — was crazy, and I didn’t like the way they treated Lisa Bonet,” Guy said, claiming that the actress, who played Denise Huxtable on the flagship show, routinely belittled her and was disregarded. “You don’t respect her in front of an audience, in front of me, you don’t respect me either,” the actress continued.

Guy claimed bosses would often say “everything to Bonet’s face” and boss her around, saying things like “just do it, just say it”. The actress added, “and showing.”

She continued, “I think that’s a cute girl because you don’t yell at me like that. And you know, we covered bitches. As for choreographers and directors and stuff like that, we’re from New York.”

Guy said that while she didn’t interfere on set, “I was like, ‘Oh no. you don’t treat her like that,” before adding, “She had to hire security.”

When asked by Charlamagne Tha God if the mistreatment prompted her exit from the show, the couple disagreed. Hardison and Guy disagreed, sharing that Bonet’s pregnancy at the time was most likely the cause. “[They] I didn’t want a black girl to get pregnant in college,” Hardison said. “I thought it would be a great tool and something to inspire because it was all inspirational, so why not?”

Bonet’s character eventually returned to The Cosby Show, where she met and married a Navy SEAL and became a stepmother to his young daughter, played by Raven-Symoné.

Fans were moved by Guy’s support for Bonet, including a Twitter user who wrote, “I love it when black women do this for other black women in the workplace.”

“I’m so excited to have Jasmine Guy and Kadeem Hardison discuss Lisa Bonet,” added another. “I’m always suspicious when actresses are called difficult. Is it really difficult or does it speak for itself?

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