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Last week, the Internet went ablaze when Entertainment Weekly released reunion photos of the cast of Family Matters.

Now, if you were a fan of the popular Black sitcom that introduced us to the Winslows and Steve Urkel, it was clear that there was someone was missing from these pictures. Where was the actress that played Judy?


Was Jaimee Foxworth excluded because the show’s creator wrote her out of the show after season four with no explanation? Or was she not invited because it was discovered that years later she was an adult film star?

Well, The Root found Foxworth to get to the bottom of this.

“I was not invited at all. I wasn’t even contacted,” Foxworth said told the online publication.

“Shawn (Waldo) 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,” Foxworth continued.

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Clearly, she was upset about being dissed and had words for those involved.

“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. 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,” Foxworth said.

Foxworth stressed that being included could have started an honest conversation about families coming together even if they don’t always see eye-to-eye.

“By being included, It could have started a conversation about how certain people in a family don’t always do what everyone agrees with. Sure I did adult films, but the only people that are going to be shocked about it, are kids. It’s not shocking. I did not kill anyone. I didn’t murder anyone. The only pain I inflicted on anyone was myself,” Foxworth said.

(EW has yet to publicly respond as to why Foxworth was left out)

The mother of one also opened up about being written off the show, as  Jaleel White’s Urkel was becoming the sitcom’s main focus.

“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. It affected my self-esteem as an actress. And I started feeling like I wasn’t good at my job,” she explained.

But Foxworth is looking to the future, not the past or the show she was once part of.

“I’m not that little girl any more. 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.”

We hear that!


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13 thoughts on “‘Family Matters’ Judy Speaks Out About Not Being Invited To ‘Entertainment Weekly’s’ Reunion Photo Shoot

  1. Dr. Larry – you know absolutely nothing about Black Families. I, and many other Black families come from of generation of 2 parent households with all of them doing very well. My grandparents had 12 children – all either went to College or the Military. They raised their children to do the same and so on and so forth. Our neighbors did the very same! I and my husband have been married for 33 yrs…raised 2 children who have both attended HBCUs and are in the process of getting their Master Degrees! So STFU when you have no clue about what you are talking about or about Black Families. You only repeat what you hear others SAY instead of having actual proof otherwise!

    • Dr. Larry on said:

      78% of black households are led by a single mother with multiple kids fathered by more than 1 man. Who is absent. 78%. That is a statistical fact. Sorry

  2. Dr. Larry on said:

    This show, though great, was completely fictional. A holistic, educated, motivated, non welfare, no children out of wedlock black family living in Chicago. C’mon man

    • The show was fictional but true life. It portrayed thousands of other families living this very life. Living together under one roof with a patriarch/matriarch ruling every move everybody makes. So, there was little room for shenanigans. You, Dr. Larry, seem to be rather clueless and wish to have a conversation about race. Sorry, that it won’t be me. I’m too busy working full-time and completing my degree program.

  3. specialt757 on said:

    Yep I agree that was dirty as hell. Through the years I often wondered what ever happen to the baby sister who went upstairs to bed and never came down. People noticed, and the fact they didn’t even explain her absence was crazy. As a child, what had she done so wrong? They acted and obviously still acting as if she wasn’t a real person with real feelings. That’s disgusting. She has a right to be upset.

  4. leadjustone on said:

    At least “Waldo” showed compassion by giving her a heads up re the photo shoot. I’m not surprised that she was not invited. The producers (or whomever) made it clear that they had no regard for her when they booted her character off the show. I hope she is finally able to focus on making her future as successful as possible. Living well is the best revenge!

  5. Chastity on said:

    When I saw the reunion picture, the first thing I thought was, “Where is Judy?” Yes, she dabbled in porn but that is no reason to exclude her. She was a part of the show, whether or not she was written out. She was a part of the first few seasons. They wrote her out with no notice and now they exclude her from the picture as if she was never a part of the show. It is not right.

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