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‘Family Matters’ mom says Urkel tried to fight her

ABC’s traditional TGIF lineup bought just a little wilder then “Household Issues” followers would possibly suppose, in accordance with veteran actress Jo Marie Payton.

Payton — who performed Harriette Baines Winslow on the healthful sitcom from 1989 to 1997 — has alleged that Steve Urkel himself, Jaleel White, tried to get violent her throughout filming.

“There was one time he really needed to bodily struggle me,” the 71-year-old informed Entertainment Tonight, claiming the previous little one star’s fast ascent into the highlight affected his perspective on set.

She mentioned the altercation occurred through the season 9 episode “Authentic Gangsta Dawg,” wherein White, now 45, additionally portrayed Urkel’s gangster cousin, OGD.

“[There was a scene where] I mentioned we will’t try this, requirements and practices won’t let that move, it’s not gonna occur,” Payton mentioned. “He needed to do it anyway … He was so mad, he began kicking and screaming and stuff.”

Jo Marie Payton performed household matriarch Harriette Baines Winslow on the enduring ’90s sitcom.
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That’s when the “Proud Household” star revealed she “she walked off” the set. As she began to depart, she overheard White make a remark. She then requested costar Darius McCrary to make clear what White had acknowledged.

“He mentioned one thing about, ‘She should need to melee.’ I mentioned, ‘What’s a melee?’ He mentioned, ‘a struggle.’ I rotated — if he wanna struggle, I would,” she added. “Darius grabbed me. I was gonna whip his behind.”

Nevertheless, Payton defined she understood that White was “only a child” on the time and doesn’t give him “all of the credit score” for his actions.

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“There was one time he really needed to bodily struggle me,” Payton claimed of an incident with White.

Payton mentioned, “I give a few of these adults credit score too. Letting him run wild and do no matter he needed to do, pondering he can say what he desires to say, you understand, and damage individuals’s emotions and all that.”

White’s reps didn’t instantly reply to The Submit’s request for remark about Payton’s accusations.

The character of Steve Urkel began to on the present as a supporting position. However his wacky garments and sense of nerdy humor captivated audiences and he shortly turned the principle topic.

An episode of E!’s True Hollywood Story dropped final 12 months wherein a number of alums from the sequence touched upon tensions that arose when crowd favourite White was upgraded to a primary character. Producers informed their actors that the “dynamic was going to alter” to make the sitcom extra about Urkel and his antics.

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Jaleel White as Steve Urkel, 1990.
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“And we mentioned ‘OK,’ ” Payton mentioned within the documentary. “We weren’t joyful about it. I feel alongside the best way it bought to be just a little resentful nevertheless it was simply an adjustment that we needed to make.”

“My arrival to ‘Household Issues’ was a rocky begin at first,” White acknowledged. “They sort of needed to settle for that I used to be there. That was a course of.”

However over time, the forged grew to love him and so they “found out that ‘when you do that and I try this, we win’ — that’s in the end what developed,’ he mentioned.

Jaleel White attends Little Italy World Premiere at Scotiabank Theatre on August 22, 2018 in Toronto, Canada.
White, all grown up and on the pink carpet in 2018 in Toronto, Canada. The actor’s reps didn’t instantly reply to The Submit’s request for remark about Payton’s accusations.
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