To some, fans, doing a Saved By The Bell reunion show without Dustin Diamond, a.k.a. Samuel "Screech" Powers, feels like doing an Alf reunion without Alf!
But that's exactly what Jimmy Fallon did earlier this month, when the Tonight Show invited all the cast members of Saved by The Bell to the studio for a sketch.
Except for Diamond and Lark Voorhies. who played Lisa Turtle.
Diamond spoke with Fox 6 News about not being asked to do the reunion with Fallon: "It would have been fun, but I don’t see it as a personal insult."
Well that's good, cuz everybody else does.
But Diamond is in a different place now than in recent years, during which his conduct has been ... well, suspect. He's older and more mature, he says."
"Here’s the way I look at it. I walk a very honest and humble path, and I know what kind of person I am. I’m very comfortable where I fit in life."
"I want to have a family. I want to have kids and I want to raise them right. I’m playing comedy clubs. I’m not rich, but I make a living. I’ve tripped and fallen many times in my life."
"If you don’t, how do you learn?"
Well, he's certainly had a lot to learn from. There's the infamous Dustin Diamond sex tape from 2007, which received poor reviews ... even for a porn.
He later went on to claim that the tape, in all its Dirty Sanchez glory, wasn't real, that it was all staged and that he was even doubled by a male model.
To which all we can say is:
- Does it matter?!
He was also the resident baddie during his season of Celebrity Fit Club. He says in the Fox interview that he ASKED to be the bad guy, because it "paid more".
Warren G was originally going to do it, but he was too nice and soft spoken. Again, it was all staged for our benefit.
The only minor detail of his life which he leaves out of the interview is that pesky little stabbing incident that happened in December.
Perhaps that was all staged too? Well, we'll just have to wait and see what the Wisconsin judicial system has to say.