Saved by the Bell is returning for a revival on NBCUniversal’s upcoming streaming platform, Peacock. One star not currently set to return for it is Lark Voorhies, who played Lisa Turtle on the original series. Now Voorhies is opening up about being left out and revealing she feels “slighted” by it.
Lark Voorhies was a guest on The Dr. Oz Show when the subject of her Saved by the Bell co-stars and the upcoming revival came up. Dr. Oz showed a picture from a dinner the cast had last year. Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Tiffani Thiessen, Mario Lopez, Elizabeth Berkley were all pictured. Noticeably absent were Lark Voorhies and Dustin Diamond, who played Screech.
On The Dr. Oz Show, Lark Voorhies acknowledged she would like to be included in cast get-togethers. Of course, those events are not the only things that Voorhies has not been included in. She has also been left out of the Saved by the Bell revival, which many of her former co-stars are returning for.
Lark Voorhies shared her feelings about not getting asked to be a part of the Saved by the Bell revival and touched on her diagnosis with bipolar disorder in the process. On The Dr. Oz Show, Voorhies said (via TVLine):
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. 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.
I think her response is super classy. The revival is set to see the return of several stars from the original Saved by the Bell. Mario Lopez will reprise his role as A.C. Slater, and Elizabeth Berkley will be back as Slater’s love interest, Jessie Spano. Tiffany Thiessen is also set to return in some form or fashion. Should we prepare to find out what has become of Kelly and Zack?
Saved by the Bell’s original executive producer, Peter Engel, was not entirely hopeful about Zack and Kelly’s prospects, but what about Lark Voorhies’ Lisa? How is she doing, and will fans ever find out? I hope that Saved by the Bell works something out for Voorhies to return. Things were initially not looking great regarding Mark-Paul Gosselaar coming back, but it has since worked out, so maybe the same can be said soon for Voorhies.
That’s right! At first, Mark-Paul Gosselaar was not going to return for the Saved by the Bell revival. Even though his character, Zack Morris, will be the Governor of California when the revival picks up, Gosselaar revealed he had not been approached. An update on why the revival had not initially reached out to him followed, though, and it had everything to do with Gosselaar’s busy career.
Maybe things can work out with Lark Voorhies, too, and viewers can be treated to the return of Lisa Turtle! The Saved by the Bell revival has not had a premiere date revealed yet. There are lots of winter and spring premieres to keep you entertained while you wait for its arrival on Peacock. It launches for Comcast’s X1 and Flex subscribers on April 15 and nationally on July 15.