Entertainment 'Saved By the Bell' Revival Removes Selena Gomez Kidney Jokes Following Backlash

20:25  01 december  2020
20:25  01 december  2020 Source:   etonline.com

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Saved By The Bell is making amends. The creative team has removed contentious scenes about Selena Gomez 's 2017 kidney transplant following fan backlash . The new reboot was criticized this week for nonchalantly referencing Gomez 's procedure.

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The Saved By the Bell revival no longer features jokes about Selena Gomez.

The all-new Peacock series, which is a reimagining of the beloved '90s sitcom, has removed all references to the singer's kidney transplant following outrage from fans.

"We apologize. It was never our intention to make light of Selena's health," Peacock, NBC Universal and the show’s executive producers shared in a statement to ET on Saturday. "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."

ET has reached out to Peacock and NBC Universal for further comment.

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In case you missed it, "Respect Selena Gomez" began trending on Twitter over the weekend after a scene from the Saved By the Bell revival went viral. In the clip, two high school students are seen arguing over who they believed was the singer's kidney donor for her transplant.

"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 character says, while the other replies, “Prove what? That you’re an idiot? It was Demi Lovato's kidney. They’re best friends, like you and I were."

In another scene, graffiti reading, "Does Selena Gomez even have a kidney?" can be spotted on the wall in the background.

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The Saved by the Bell reboot is getting backlash for making a series of " jokes " about Selena Gomez 's kidney transplant. Her tweet came as Saved By the Bell gave an apologetic statement to Today, saying they will make a donation to Selena 's charity: “We apologize.

Selena Gomez fans are defending the singer after her health was mocked during an episode of Peacock’s reboot of " Saved by the Bell ." Follow Billboard. In a later scene, the words “Does Selena Gomez even have a kidney ?” are written near some lockers on the walls of the high school.

"Are you serious? This is so disgusting," one fan argued on Twitter. "The girl went through a life threatening surgery. in no way is this funny. @peacockTV RESPECT SELENA GOMEZ."

As Gomez's fans know, the former Disney star really did undergo a kidney transplant in 2017 to combat her Lupus. She later revealed the donor was her friend and Grown-ish star Francia Raisa -- not the mother of her famous ex (Bieber) or Lovato.

"Some of the cast and producers have reached out to me personally to apologize for this and I truly appreciate that," Raisa shared on social media, after hearing about the episode. "But I do want to acknowledge that this public apology from the network should acknowledge the donors that could have been offended by this."

"It's not about me," she added. "It's about acknowledging the great role that donors play @nbc @peacocktv #savedbythebell."


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