Peacock Apologizes to Selena Gomez for Kidney Transplant Joke in ‘Saved By the Bell’ Reboot
The streaming service Peacock has released an apology after Selena Gomez‘s fans expressed outraged over a joke about her kidney transplant surgery in the new Saved By the Bell reboot series.
There are two separate scenes in episode six where the identity of Selena‘s kidney donor is speculated.
In one scene, two girls argue over whether the kidney came from Selena‘s ex-boyfriend Justin Bieber‘s mom or her former best friend Demi Lovato. In another scene, graffiti on a wall appears to say, “Does Selena Gomez even have a kidney?”
A joint statement from Peacock, NBCUniversal, and the executive producers of Saved By the Ball has been released.
“We apologize. It was never our intention to make light of Selena’s 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,” the statement reads (via Variety).
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