All those 80’s kids who grew up watching the most popular teen sitcom Saved By the Bell definitely belong to these two categories: fans who find Screech, a character played by Dustin Diamond, most irritating, or those who could relate to this character and knew deep down that they were a true Screech by heart.
When the show returned to our screens on 25th November on Peacock with most of the original star and cast, one person was missing; Dustin Diamond.
Fans flocked to Twitter to express their concerns wondering; what happened to him? Is he alive? Why is he not reprising his role in the show?
What Tony Maglio, Elizabeth Berkley and the character of Screech has to say about it.
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The earlier speculations suggested that he wasn’t getting the desired pay, or contract because of which he refused to take the offer. But it turned out that something really went wrong with the actor!
The latest reports confirmed that Dustin Diamond had been hospitalized in Florida over the weekend. The actor was suffering from “pain all over his body and a general sense of unease.”
While the 44-year-old actor is currently going through some tests at the hospital and scheduled for a biopsy, health professionals speculate that Diamond may have developed cancer.
“All we ask is just people put him in thoughts and prayers,” his representatives told to a media organization. Fans believe that he might have inherited cancer gene from her mother, who died of the same disease.
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The actor’s representatives said that his condition is serious, but they don’t know its extent. They appealed to his fans to remember the actor in their thoughts and prayers.
Diamond was widely known for his role in Saved by the Bell as Screech, which first premiered on NBC IN 1989. After the original show concluded in 1993, Diamond reprised his character in the shows’ two spinoffs; Saved by the Bell: The College Years and Saved by the Bell: The New Class.
The original cast reunited again for a revival series “Saved by the bell” premiered on 25th November 2020 on peacock without Dustin Diamond.
The fellow actress, Lark Voorhies, who starred as Lisa Turtle in the original show, revealed why Diamond hasn’t returned as Screech. She said, “The almighty dollar rules on that. They do have a segment in there that explains why he’s not here.” She added, “He wants to be paid and respected, we would for him to come back on set.”
Another co-star Elizabeth Berkley said that she did not know whether the actor will join the show or not. “We’re discussing, but I just don’t know yet.”
“It depends on the storylines and how they play out and all of that, but I wish Dustin nothing but the best. I just haven’t seen him for a lot of years but I do wish him the best. He was always kind to me,” the actress added.
Dustin Diamond hasn’t been seen in the spotlight for some years. He last appeared in a short movie Catching Up, which debuted last year.
Hayvine team wish a speedy recovery for the actor….