It’s never to late to say sorry (unless you’re Justin Bieber). Dustin Diamond, the troubled actor who played Screech in the ’90s sitcom Saved By The Bell, has finally apologized to his former cast mates for his destructive behavior throughout (and let’s be honest, a few years after) the series.
Dustin recently payed a visit to Dr. Oz and publicly apologized for his behavior.
“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,” he said.
The 39-year-old actor isn’t very close with his former cast mates, but he has no ill will towards the crew. In fact, even through all his outbursts and public fights, he had nothing but love.
“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. But I’m sure that you’ve experienced downfalls, as well, in your time and I’m still loving you guys,” he said.
Diamond has had quite the hard go at things. After a brief stint in prison and a pretty unfortunate sex tape, he had all the makings for a best selling memoir. Of course, he ended up writing a tell-all book where he accused his Saved By The Bell besties of sleeping around and using drugs. Needless to say, they’re not so stoked on Diamond. Still, he maintains that it wasn’t his fault. He didn’t write the book (though, dude, if you’re gonna put your name on something you should probably read it)!
“Upsetting to more than just the other cast members — upsetting to me as well. As it turns out, the general public doesn’t realize, I didn’t write the book. I had a ghostwriter,” he said.
Dustin didn’t really realize what he had while he was on set, but now, as an adult, he understands the impact he’s had on pop culture and super grateful.
“It was very touching to have fans that came up to me and I’ve had people multiple times come up to me, I mean, we’re talking hundreds and hundred — thousands of people that have come up and said, you got me through high school. You know, I was the Screech in my school and you represented everything that I felt at that time, which I never thought of when I was doing the show. When I was 11 through 21, I was just memorizing lines and trying to make the live audience laugh and the producers laugh and everything else. Trying to work with my cast mates and make the director happy and everything else. It was work for me. I didn’t think about the impact I had on the fan base until years later, until I got to meet them,” he said.
Do you think his cast mates will forgive him? You’ve got to give credit to Dustin for trying, even after all these years.