Chat show host reunited five members of the show's cast for a one-off sketch earlier this month
Dustin Diamond has revealed that he wasn’t asked to be a part of Jimmy Fallon’s recent Saved By The Bell reunion.
During a sketch on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon earlier this month (February), the chat show host was joined by Mark-Paul Gosselaar (who played Zack Morris in the classic ’90s teen sitcom), Mario Lopez (AC Slater), Tiffani-Amber Thiessen (Kelly Kapowski) and Elizabeth Berkley (Jessie Spano), who poked fun at her post-Saved By The Bell role in the notoriously raunchy 1995 film Showgirls.
Dennis Haskins’ Mr Belding, the principal of the show’s fictional Bayside High School, also appeared in the sketch, though Dustin Diamond (Screech) and Lark Voorhies (Lisa Turtle) were both absent from the reunion.
At the time, Diamond’s representative claimed that the actor didn’t appear in the reunion sketch because he had “prior commitments”. However, Diamond has now admitted that he wasn’t invited to be take part, and only found out about the reunion a couple of days before it took place, when a friend of his girlfriend sent her a text about it. “It would have been fun, but I don’t see it as a personal insult,” Diamond told a local Fox News outlet.
In 2009, Diamond published a memoir about his time on the show titled Behind The Bell, which painted an unflattering portrait of his former castmates. Diamond has since insisted that the book was ghost written and statements he made in interviews to its actual author were later fabricated or exaggerated.
On Boxing Day of last year, he was arrested in Ozaukee County, Wisconsin following an altercation at a bar which culminated in a man being stabbed. Diamond was subsequently charged with recklessly endangering safety, carrying a concealed weapon and disorderly conduct, but he denies stabbing the man and has pleaded not guilty to all charges.