Peacock has apologized for a “Saved by the Bell” episode that used Selena Gomez’s kidney transplant for a few jokes and is putting its money where its mouth is.A spokesperson for NBC’s streaming platform told TheWrap Saturday, “We apologize. It was never our intention to make light of Selena’s health. We have been in touch with her team and will be making a donation to her charity, The Selena Gomez Fund for Lupus Research at USC.”There was an outcry on social media Saturday, as fans of the actress and singer demanded an apology or for the episode to be removed from the platform. They sent “RESPECT SELENA GOMEZ” trending on Twitter for hours.Also Read: Selena Gomez Fans Furious Over 'Saved by the Bell' Joke About Her Kidney TransplantIn the season’s sixth episode, the Bayside High teens have their phones taken away and the school devolves into chaos as students say out loud the kind of pop-culture commentary they would reserve for social media, among other things. During the scene in question, two teens argue in the hallway about who donated a kidney to Gomez in 2017 after she had been diagnosed with lupus years earlier. (In reality, the donor was her friend Francia Raisa.) In the clip, the two characters bicker, with one insisting it was the mother of her ex-boyfriend, Justin Bieber, while another said it was her former best friend, Demi Lovato.Graffiti is seen in another part of the video asking, “Does Selena Gomez even have kidneys?”“We would love if you take out the episode with those things wrote on wall. When someone does a joke with a person with Lupus, it’s disrespecting all people that fighting daily for survive, with problems on immune system, kidneys, skin…” one tweet directed at Peacock says. Fans also shared photos of the star recovering in the hospital and clips from an interview Gomez did with NBC News’ own Savannah Guthrie. In the interview, done alongside Raisa, Gomez says as she fights tears, “I just really hope that we can help somebody. I really do. I don’t think what we went through was easy. I don’t think it was fun. I hope that this inspires people to feel good, to know that there is really good people in the world.”The reboot premiered on Thanksgiving.Read original story Peacock Apologizes for Selena Gomez ‘Saved by the Bell’ Jokes, Donates to Her Lupus Charity At TheWrap
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Peacock’s “Saved by the Bell” revival finally has a premiere date, so save this note in your trapper keepers: The new version of the ’90s cult classic premieres on NBCUniversal’s streaming service Nov. 25 — just in time for Thanksgiving.To celebrate the announcement, Peacock put together a fun teaser with a literal peacock walking the halls of (we assume) Bayside High. Watch it at the top of the page right now.In the show, which stars original series mainstays Elizabeth Berkley Lauren and Mario Lopez reprising their roles of Jessie Spano and A.C. Slater, California Governor Zack Morris gets into hot water for closing too many underfunded high schools and proposes they send the affected students to the most well-funded schools in the state — including Bayside High. The influx of new students gives the privileged Bayside kids (who never have a problem that can’t be solved in 22 minutes) a much-needed dose of reality.Also Read: 'Father of the Bride' Cast to Reunite for 'Mini-Sequel' Special at Netflix - Watch the Trailer (Video)The new generation of kids at Bayside High include the “handsome, charming, privileged” Mac and Jessie’s “sensitive man-child” son Jamie (Belmont Cameli), as well as Lexi (Josie Totah), “the most popular girl at Bayside High who is both admired and feared by her fellow students”; Daisy (Haskiri Velazquez), “a smart, ambitious sophomore who is excited at the prospect of attending Bayside High after her local school gets shut down”; and Aisha (Alycia Pascual-Pena), “Daisy’s fun-loving, but ultra-competitive best friend. She grew up playing on boys’ sports teams and causes a stir when she tries to play football at Bayside.”“Pitch Perfect” alum John Michael Higgins will play Principle Toddman, the successor to Bayside High School Principal Richard Belding, played by Dennis Haskins in the original series.The revival hails from Universal Television and will be written and executive produced by Tracey Wigfield. Peter Engel and Franco Bario, alums of the original “Saved by the Bell” and its spinoffs, will also serve as executive producers.Read original story ‘Saved By the Bell’ Revival Series Gets Thanksgiving Premiere on Peacock (Video) At TheWrap
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