Saved By The Bell apologises to Selena Gomez after backlash

With the Saved By The Bell reboot airing in the US, one episode caused #RespectSelenaGomez to trend on Twitter

The Saved By The Bell sequel to the original TV series aired November 25 in the US on Peacock.

For 90s kids Saved By The Bell from 1989 to 1993 is up there with the likes of Kenan & Kel and The Amanda Show.

At the same time of all the excitement with the reboot one episode caused offence to Selena Gomez fans and caused #RespectSelenaGomez to trend on Twitter.

The episode over the weekend had some jokes about the Lose You To Love Me singer's kidney transplant that did not go down well.

In Bayside High two besties who have their phones taken away debate about who Selena's kidney donor was.

One student says: I know for a fact that Selena Gomezs kidney donor was Justin Biebers mom.

The other girl states: It was Demi Lovatos kidney. Theyre best friends like you and I were.

To take things even further there appears to be writing on one of the Bayside Highschool hallway walls which read: Does Selena Gomez Even Have A Kidney.

Fans were not pleased with Saved By The Bell with many expressing their anger over the social media platform.

One Twitter user wrote: "Selena was terrified about what was happening to her. So scared that a few days prior to her kidney surgery Selena wrote to her fans thanking them for their support & that they are watched over incase she didnt make it. Stop making fun of her health issues."

A second added: "Selena is one of the strongest women ive ever seen. she has an illness which is really dangerous and people make fun of this ILLNESS. its disgusting what people say about her."

Saved By The Bell creators have since apologised after the backlash, pledging to donate to the singer's Lupus research fund.

Per The Hollywood Reporter, in a statement, Peacock said: "We apologize. It was never our intention to make light of Selenas health.

"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."


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In 2015 the former Disney star opened up about being diagnosed with lupus, a chronic autoimmune disease that can damage organs and tissues in the body.

Due to organs being often damaged irreversibly, many lupus sufferers require transplants.

In 2017, the American singer and actress revealed to the world that she had received a kidney transplant from her close friend Francia Raisa.