Given his antics over the past few years, former “Saved By the Bell” star Dustin Diamond has plenty to apologize for, ranging from his self-starring porn DVD (“Screech’s Sex Tape”) to being arrested during a barroom brawl on Christmas day, but it’s his 2009 tell-all “Behind the Bell” that requires an apology when he pays a visit to “The Dr. Oz Show”.
In the episode, which airs Thursday, Nov. 10, the Artist Formerly Known As Screech admits to Dr. Oz that his self-destructive behaviour has led to a rift between him and his former cast-mates on the iconic high school sitcom, and he wants to make things right.
“Oddly enough, it’s doing interviews like this and getting the word out there. This is my best weapon for repairing the damage that was caused by things that were done by people who took advantage of me and the situation I was in at the time,” Diamond explains of how he’s trying to mend fences.
“I will say, guys, I think you’re fantastic, working with you has been just one of the icons of my life and I’m sorry that this has taken advantage of me — the book and other situations I’m sure we’ll talk about here,” he says to his former cast-mates. “But I’m sure that you’ve experienced downfalls, as well, in your time and I’m still loving you guys.”
As for the book, Dr. Oz runs down some of the more salacious tidbits, including allegations of rampant drug use among the actors, as well as claiming that everybody in the cast was “sleeping around” with each other. “These claims understandably are upsetting,” intones the doc.
“Upsetting to more than just the other cast members — upsetting to me as well,” says Diamond, who admits that he didn’t actually write it. “As it turns out, the general public doesn’t realize, I didn’t write the book. I had a ghostwriter.”