'Saved by the Bell' reboot to pay tribute to Dustin Diamond during season premiere

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By , 98.7 KLUV

Though he was absent from the first season, Dustin Diamond was scheduled to appear in the second season of Peacock’s reboot of “Saved by the Bell.”

Diamond passed away earlier this year before he was able to film anything for the show.

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The television star Dustin Diamond died at 44 after a battle with stage 4 lung cancer. The tragic news happened after his condition had significantly declined, and then he was taken off breathing machines in an attempt to get to hospice care. Diamond’s girlfriend was with him at the time of death.

When the second season of the reboot premieres on November 24, the show will reportedly pay tribute to Diamond and his character Screech, according to People. Showrunner Tracey Wigfield shared that it will be “more than just putting a picture of him up at the end.”

Wigfield also noted that Diamond’s fellow original cast members, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Tiffani Thiessen, Mario Lopez, Elizabeth Berkley, and Lark Voorhies, were also “keen to do something,” and also wrote a scene where their characters reunite at their old favorite hangout spot, The Max, to pay tribute to Screech.

She added, “At the beginning of this season, we already were coming into writing Season 2 [where] obviously Dustin was one thing, but we also were like in a pandemic and in general in the first episode, everyone was feeling the same sense of everyone understands how heavy this last year has been.”

Wigfield also revealed that Screech was often the butt of the joke among the gang, the tribute itself will be incredibly thoughtful and touching.

“There was a real guy who had people who loved him,” Wigfield added. “You don’t want to make any jokes or talk about it in any way that might hurt anyone’s feelings.”

Season 2 of “Saved by the Bell” premieres on November 24 on Peacock.

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