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EXCLUSIVE: Dustin “Screech” Diamond Banned From Saved By The Bell Reunion By Costars

Aug. 1 2009, Published 9:16 a.m. ET

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Dustin Diamond who played the loveable, but nerdy “Screech” on the late 80s/early 90s Saturday morning sitcom Saved by the Bell wasn’t invited to a recent cast reunion photo shoot for the cover of this week’s People magazine. And has the reason why.

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“Cast members were not comfortable with including him,” People magazine spokeswoman Claudia DiRomualdo told exclusively.

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The reason behind their being “uncomfortable” is Diamond’s upcoming tell-all book about the Saved by the Bell cast and guest stars. While Diamond’s literary agent promises the book will be an incredible read, one former co-star is already slamming the kid star-turned author.

"What is he going to say?" Mark-Paul Gosselaar sarcastically told Newsweek magazine.  "We were (bleeping) groupies at 14? I can't wait to read his book, because I don't have a memory of a lot of the shows. Maybe it was because I was doing lines off of the audience members' asses. I'm sure he's going to write something crazy like that. So he's writing a book, I'm not really afraid of what he has to say. There are not too many skeletons in my closet."

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Since his days as a child star, Diamond has fallen on hard times, including a fading acting career, financial problems, and the release of an embarrassing sex tape.

That means Diamond likely also won’t be included if the cast – Mario Lopez, Elizabeth Berkley, Lark Voorhies and Tiffani Thiessen -- reunites for a possible TV special. There are rumors that a retrospective show is in the works with the stars talking about their on-set experiences.

And what does Diamond think about being shut out by his former coworkers? "Of course he cared he wasn't invited," a source close to Screech told  "Wouldn't you?"



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