The days go by. The wellness comedy Family Matters premiered on September 22, 1989 and is perhaps best remembered by family patriarch Carl Winslow (Reginald Vel Johnson) fights with his nerdy neighbor Steve Urkel (white jelly).
Although White was initially supposed to appear in just one episode of the ABC series, he was an instant hit with audiences and eventually joined the main cast. Despite the warm reception from viewers at home, the alumnus’ big show hasn’t always felt the love of its co-stars.
“It’s very important that I say this: I wasn’t received very well by the cast, okay?” said the California native during a March 2021 appearance on TV One’s Uncensored. “And I don’t need to repeat that to adults over and over again. They know what it is.
The voice actor stated that VelJohnson and Jo Marie Paytonwho played Harriette Winslow, did not approve of her wearing a dress to play Steve’s cousin Myrtle Urkel.
“They warned me that I was not doing our career a service by putting on that yellow dress. But everyone has a pattern. Do you fall apart? Do you wither under pressure? You wake up? Are you surprised? My pattern tends to be up a little bit. That night I felt like a child… playing Myrtle Urkel. But I cried like a baby at the end of that take. I just broke up,” she said.
VelJohnson, meanwhile, told Entertainment Tonight in June 2022 that she “overall” had “nothing but fond memories” of working with the child star. He added that “there were a few moments where it was a little difficult”, but expressed that working with younger actors, in general, was a challenge.
“I think a lot of kids grew up on set and we had to deal with kids… and that was an interesting experience,” she told the channel. I went to my dressing room and closed the door when [rehearsed] my scenes because that was the only way. Because children have a lot of energy… [and] you couldn’t handle it.”
Die Hard’s TV wife Payton recalled an incident where White wanted to “physically fight” her during a season 9 episode.
“I said we can’t do this, the standards and practices won’t let it go, it won’t happen. I wanted to do it anyway. … He was so mad that he started kicking and screaming and stuff,” he said. Eastern time in May 2022.
Aside from the mid-cast drama, the Perfect Strangers spin-off ran for nine seasons, making it the longest-running comedy with a predominantly black cast, behind only the Jeffersons.
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