Dustin Diamond–best known for his role as Screech on Saved by the Bell–says he never received an invitation to appear on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, where members of the Saved by the Bell cast met for a reunion of sorts earlier in February.
In a recent interview, Diamond said he heard about the hilarious Tonight Show skit, that featured Jimmy Fallon, Mario Lopez, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Tiffani Thiessen, and Elizabeth Berkley, when his girlfriend’s friend informed her of the upcoming reunion.
“It would have been fun, but I don’t see it as a personal insult,” Dustin Diamond said.
Diamond wound up in financial trouble after his parents spent much his earnings from his days on Saved by the Bell and other acting endeavors.
“It’s a shame. My parents wasted so much of my hard work. A lot of my youth,” he explained.
He was reportedly left with only a few-hundred-thousand dollars from 10 years of work when he turned 18. About nine years ago he held a t-shirt sale to prevent his home from going into foreclosure. He raised enough to save the home, but many people complained, saying they never received the t-shirts they paid for. Diamond blames that on ‘wrong addresses.’
— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) February 19, 2015
Dustin Diamond has made news in recent years for releasing an online sex tape as well. These days he calls that decision, “an opportunistic moment when I was young and dumb.”
In January he was involved in a bar fight and has pleaded not guilty to the charges against him.
— ABC7 Eyewitness News (@ABC7) February 20, 2015
“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,” Diamond said. “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?”
Do you suppose–given his questionable behavior in recent years–that Dustin Diamond was intentionally left out of the Saved by the Bell reunion on The Tonight Show?
Was Jimmy Fallon–or one of the Saved by the Bell cast members–responsible for Screech not appearing in the skit?