A revival of the hit 1990s show Saved By the Bell is coming to NBC’s streaming service. While fans will be able to catch up with many of the old cast members, Lark Voorhies, who played Lisa Turtle, will not be returning. On Wednesday, the actress will appear on The Dr. Oz Show and, according to a report from TooFab, a preview of the interview shows her opening up about being omitted from the revival.
“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, yet of course, I also realized that having this puzzling disorder may have played a major part in that factual decision,” Lark said as she read from one of her journal entries.
The actress opened up about her mental disorder, explaining that she “hears voices in her head” and has “disorganized thinking.”
“With that in mind, I am truly thankful for having had the chance to work on a show that has been so successful,” Lark added.
Lark will not be the only original cast member who isn’t part of the reunion, though. Also missing will be Dustin Diamond, who starred as Screech Powers, sidekick to Mark-Paul Gosselaar’s character, Zack Morris. Tiffani Thiessen, who played Zack’s cheerleader girlfriend Kelly Kapowski, is also not set to return for the reboot at this time.
"I have to admit I did feel a bit slighted and hurt."— Dr. Mehmet Oz (@DrOz) February 18, 2020
"Saved by the Bell" star Lark Voorhies joins me Wednesday to discuss her mental health, as well as her feelings about not being included in an upcoming reboot of the show. pic.twitter.com/mLYQ4aRpoF
Although it doesn’t appear that Tiffani will reprise her role, she was spotted out with fellow Saved By the Bell mainstays Elizabeth Berkley, Mario Lopez, and Gosselaar at a group dinner with their significant others.
In the preview, Dr. Oz shows Lark the photo of the mini-reunion which she was not a part of, asking her how it makes her feel.
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Hello everyone! I want thank everybody who has been so supportive throughout my journey these last several years. It was very hard to find the right way to talk about some of the challenges that I go through on a daily basis. Please tune in this Wednesday to the Dr Oz show to learn about living with a mental disorder that many people do not understand. I am very grateful to Dr. Oz, Dr. Modir, my mother and all of you that have supported me and wished me well through some difficult times. I hope to bring more mental health awareness to help others going through the same challenges. Thank you for sharing your stories to me over the years of how strong you all have been too! I look forward to a brighter future and seeing the great things that can be accomplished! #strengh #love #life #fightthestigmaofmentalillness #larkvoorhies
“Empowered,” she says before adding, “They have the right to do that and they’re happy in their element and they can have it, certainly.”
The reboot will stream on Peacock and will include Gosselaar returning as Zack, who is now the governor of California. Also reprising their roles will be Berkley (Jessie Spano) and Lopez (A.C. Slater).
Saved By the Bell initially ran from 1989 to 1992. Saved By the Bell: The College Years reunited some of the original cast for a one-year run.
It is unclear when the reboot will air, but the streaming service is set to launch later this year in April.