Saved by the Bell star Lark Voorhies has revealed her thoughts on being excluded from NBC's upcoming revival series for the network's Peacock streaming service. Although several of her co-stars are set to appear on the show, Voorhies apparently didn't get an invite, and in a recent appearance on Dr. Oz, she elaborates that her exclusion was painful, though she remains proud to have been a part of the original series, noting its incredible success and enduring legacy.
Voorhies had gone onto Dr. Oz to speak about her bipolar disorder diagnosis and how it has affected her life and career. She also speculates that this condition may have been the biggest reason as to why she wasn't brought back to appear in the new Saved by the Bell revival series. Reading directly from her journal, Voorhies reads back her thoughts and feelings she had written down once she discovered NBC was reviving the series but apparently leaving her behind. From the interview:
"I have to admit I did feel a bit slighted and hurt when I was not invited to be part of the Saved by the Bell reunion, as well as other cast members' events. Yet, of course, I also realized that having this puzzling disorder may have played a major part in that factual decision. With that in mind, I am truly thankful for having had the chance to work on a show that has been so successful."
Josie Totah leads the new Saved by the Bell as the popular Bayside High cheerleader Lexi, with the plot introducing a new set of teenage characters to primarily focus on. Several cast members have already been confirmed to return to reprise their roles as well, including Tiffani Thiessen as Kelly Kapowski, Mario Lopez as A.C. Slater, and Elizabeth Berkley as Jessie Spano. Mark-Paul Gosselaar will also be back as Zack Morris, who has since become the governor of California according to the show's logline.
Another major cast member from the original Saved by the Bell we shouldn't expect to see is Dustin Diamond, who starred as the comic relief character Samuel "Screech" Powers. This is because his relationship with the rest of his co-stars from the show is strained at best, and Diamond has not been a part of the major cast reunions which have taken place in recent years. It probably didn't help that he released a "tell-all" book in 2009 alleging deviant behavior from his co-stars on the set. The stories within would later be refuted and Diamond himself shifted the blame to a ghostwriter taking liberties, but it still seems that his bridge back to Saved by the Bell has been thoroughly burned.
The Saved by the Bell reunion is still in production, and it's still possible Voorhies will one day get the call to reprise the role of Lisa Turtle. If it doesn't happen, her presence will certainly be missed, especially as such a big part of the original series. Here's hoping it all works out. You can watch Voorhies explain the situation herself in the video below, courtesy of Dr. Oz on Twitter.