As NBCUniversal’s new streaming service Peacock is preparing to launch a reboot of the classic teen series Saved By The Bell. However, the character Lisa Turtle, who was played by actress Lark Voorhies, won’t be seen in the new series.
Voorhies feels “hurt” about being left out of the revival, and she recently appeared on The Dr. Oz Show where she talked about it. “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,” Voorhies said while on the show.
“Yet, of course, I also realized that having this puzzling disorder may have played a major part in that factual decision,” she said, referring to her bipolar disorder. “With that in mind, I am truly thankful for having had the chance to work on a show that has been so successful.”
Dr. Oz questioned her regarding the Saved By The Bell reboot after showing her photos of the show’s alums Tiffani Thiessen, Elizabeth Berkley, Mario Lopez and Mark-Paul Gosselaar at reunion dinners.
She was specifically asked how she felt about seeing her old castmates out without her. Voorhies stated that she felt “empowered” and that her former castmates “have the right” to socialize but she also said that she would like to be included.
Voorhies wasn’t the only former cast member who wasn’t present during these reunions. Dustin Diamond who portrayed the character of Screech was also missing from the reunions. He isn’t expected to appear on the revival either, as Deadline reports.
Saved By The Bell‘s reboot will include the original series’ cast members Berkley, Lopez, and Gosselaar who will join the show’s new stars Josie Totah and Dexter Darden.
In the new series, California Governor Zack Morris (Gosselaar) gets highly criticized for shutting down a myriad of low-income high schools and proposes that they send the students who were affected to the highest-performing schools in the state, including Bayside High The new influx of students offers the overprivileged Bayside students a much-needed reality check.