When the cast of Saved by the Bell reunited for the cover of the current issue of People magazine, Zack Morris and the rest of his Bayside besties cruelly decided to freeze Dennis “Mr. Belding” Haskins and Dustin “Screech” Diamond out of the proceedings. And lest you think their invites were simply lost by the mail, Haskins put in a call to the Detroit News to voice his displeasure at being left out of the hottest reunion since New Kids on the Block, a reunion that he kick-started by being the first SBTB cast member to appear on the Late Night With Jimmy Fallon show. “I earned the right to be there. If anybody deserved to be on that cover, it was Dennis Haskins,” he explained. “I want people to know it was not my choice not to be there, because I would have been there. It hurts my feelings, but I’ll live.” But while Haskins is left with a case of hurt feelings, things aren’t exactly going swimmingly for Dustin Diamond, either.
And no, we’re not talking about him being cropped and Photoshopped out of existence like some third-rate member of the McFly family. According to the New York Observer, Dustin Diamond’s deal to write a tell-all memoir for Gotham Books fell through a few months back. According to a source, Gotham Books dropped the project after they deemed the ghostwritten manuscript to be unpublishable, largely because “it contained many assertions about cast members from Saved by the Bell that Gotham felt were unverifiable.” Fans looking for likely false gossip about the former SBTB cast mates need not fret, though. It appears as if a small Montreal operation called Transit Publishing will release the book on September 29. Just don’t expect Zack, Kelly, Slater, Lisa, and Jessie to show up at the Maxx for the book-release party.