Dustin Diamond missed his high school reunion, but it turns out it wasn’t the troubled actor’s fault.
Diamond, 38, was noticeably missing from a Saved By The Bell reunion skit that aired on The Tonight Show earlier this month, and apparently Screech was never invited to behind with.
While many assumed that his absence was related to an arrest for a stabbing during a bar fight, Dustin Diamond said he simply wasn’t asked to return to Bayside High School along with his fellow actors.
“It would have been fun, but I don’t see it as a personal insult,” Diamond told Fox 6 News.
“Lark would have loved to be part of the Jimmy Fallon skit (as she is a big fan of the show), however due to an intense work schedule she was not available,” her publicist told E! News.
Inviting Dustin Diamond may have been a bit tricky, however. Since leaving the show he has spoken openly about animosity with the other actors, and in a tell-all 2009 book titled Behind The Bell he revealed that the cast and crew slept around and often did drugs.
Dustin Diamond has had a difficult time since leaving the show. He said his parents spent most of the money he made on the show, leaving him with just a few hundred thousand dollars for eight years of work.
In 2006, he tried selling T-shirts to save his home from foreclosure. He was able to sell 20,000 shirts and save the house, but was hit by many complaints from people who said they never got what they ordered.
Later that year Dustin also released a sex tape in a bid to make money, which he now says was “an opportunistic moment when I was young and dumb.”
The problems have continued. On last December 26, Dustin was arrested for allegedly stabbing a man during a fight in a bar.
“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,” he said. “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?”
Dustin Diamond has also tried mending bridges with his former Saved By The Bell co-stars. In an interview after his book was released he claimed that it was written by a ghostwriter using information from interviews, and that allegations of drug abuse and sex between cast members was overblown.