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'Saved By The Bell' Star Lark Voorhies Hurt Over Mario Lopez & Mark-Paul Gosselaar Not Offering Reboot Role

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By Ryan Naumann

“Saved By The Bell” star Lark Voorhies feels “slighted” by her former costars Mario Lopez and Mark-Paul Gosselaar for not including her in the reboot of the hit show.

The actress sat down with Dr. Oz to discuss her mental health struggles and not being asked to come back for the reboot.

45-year-old Voorhies, who is famous for playing Lisa Turtle, was open about feeling “hurt” over not being asked to reprise her character. She read an entry from her journal describing her emotions, “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.”

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She continued, “yet of course, I also realized that having this puzzling disorder may have played a major part in that factual decision. With that in mind, I am truly thankful for having had the chance to work on a show that has been so successful."

Dr. Oz flashed a photo of her former castmates having dinner celebrating 30 years of friendship without her. Voorhies said "They have the right to do that and they're happy in their element and they can have it, certainly.” She admitted she wished they included her saying, “Family isn't kept complete without its lead.”

The actress’ mother, Tricia Voories, spoke to Dr. Oz about her daughter suffering from bipolar disorder. Lisa revealed her mental health struggles made it difficult for years but is finally feeling good.

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Back in September, NBC announced the reboot of “Saved By The Bell” with Mario Lopez and Elizabeth Berkley on board. The show is set to air on NBC’s soon-to-launch streaming platform Peacock.

Berkley will be reprising her role as Jessie Spano and Lopez will once again be playing A.C. Slater. Earlier this year, it was announced that Mark-Paul Gosselaar closed a deal to return as the iconic character Zach Morris.

NBC released this description for the show: "When California governor Zack Morris (Time out Governor Zack Morris?! Time in!) gets into hot water for closing too many low-income high schools, he proposes they send the affected students to the highest performing schools in the state – including Bayside High. The influx of new students gives the over privileged Bayside kids a much needed and hilarious dose of reality."

Lopez and Gosselaar have yet to comment on Voorhies' comments.

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