Skip Nav

Saved by the Bell Producers Apologise For Selena Gomez Joke

Saved by the Bell Producers Apologise to Selena Gomez After Drawing Backlash For Kidney Joke

WESTWOOD, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 11: Selena Gomez attends the Premiere of Universal Pictures'
NBC streaming service Peacock has issued an apology after viewers lambasted the Saved by the Bell reboot, streaming on Stan, for joking about Selena Gomez's kidney transplant. On Nov. 28, the platform and the show's executive producers released a statement to Variety, saying, "We apologise. 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."

The apology came hours after "Respect Selena Gomez" began trending on Twitter as fans slammed the series for making Gomez's surgery a punchline during the sixth episode. In one scene, a pair of Bayside students argue about the identity of Gomez's donor, unable to verify their claims because their phones have been taken away. "I know for a fact that Selena Gomez's kidney donor was Justin Bieber's mom. God, I wish that I had my phone so that I could prove it," one student says. The other classmate responds, "Prove what? That you're an idiot? It was Demi Lovato's kidney. They're best friends like you and I were." A different scene also shows graffiti on a wall that appears to read, "Does Selena Gomez even have a kidney?"

Gomez revealed that she had a kidney transplant due to her lupus diagnosis in 2017, also confirming that Grown-ish actress Francia Raisa was her donor. Both Gomez and Raisa have opened up about the physical and mental health complications they experienced following the operation. While Gomez has yet to respond to the Saved by the Bell backlash, Raisa tweeted on Nov. 28, "Appreciate the apology but let's not forget about the donors that potentially felt offended and dismissed from the spray paint written on the wall."

More from POPSUGAR
From Our Partners
Will Samantha Be on the Sex and the City Reboot on HBO Max?
See Carlton's Best Outfits on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Who Is the Dating Game Killer and What Happened to Him?
Lashana Lynch Joins Netflix's New Matilda Musical Movie
See the Bridgerton Cast in Other TV and Movie Roles
Meet the Dexter Reboot Cast
The 2021 Grammys Have Been Postponed
How Old Is the Cobra Kai Cast?
Who Is Bridgerton's Regé-Jean Page Dating?
TV Shows Turning 25 in 2021
TV Shows Turning 10 in 2021
Hilary Duff's Best Outfits as Kelsey Peters on Younger
Latest Entertainment