Saved by the Bell star Dustin Diamond excluded from reboot for financial reasons

by WENN November 28th, 2020, 7:52 am


Financial reasons prevented Dustin Diamond from being part of the reboot of beloved TV comedy Saved by the Bell.

The new episodes of the series, which launched on Wednesday via U.S. streaming site Peacock, features most of the original cast members from the show, which aired for five seasons between 1989 and 1992, but Diamond, who portrayed Screech on TV, will not be featured, and co-star Lark Voorhies, who played Lisa Turtle on the show, reveals the decision had to do with money.

"The almighty dollar rules on that," she told Toronto's The Roz and Mocha Show. "They do have a segment in there that explains why he's not here. He wants to be paid and respected. We would love for him to come back on set."

The actress also noted that hope is not entirely lost that the show's producers can come to an agreement with Diamond when it comes to future episodes.

"He's going through his adult issues and all of this but I am sure he'll be back."

Diamond and Voorhies' original castmates Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Mario Lopez, Elizabeth Berkeley, and Tiffani Thiessen all appear on the new incarnation of the show.