Dustin Diamond is trying to make things right!
On Thursday's episode of Dr. Oz's chat show, the 39-year-old publicly apologized to his Saved By The Bell castmates for sparking their estrangement due to his destructive behavior. Good for him.
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During his candid chat with the doc, the former child star dished:
"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."
Smart, smart. And although Dustin isn't necessarily close with his SBTB peers, he only had love for them as he continued:
"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."
As you surely know, the once beloved comedian had quite the downfall as he made headlines over a scandalous sex tape and his stint in prison. Tsk, tsk.
Of course Dustin's tell-all book, which accused his castmates of sleeping around and using drugs, was a major in factor in their falling out. When asked about the book, the controversial celeb noted:
"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."
The more you know! Still we can't blame Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Mario Lopez, and the rest of the show's alums for distancing themselves from Dustin. We mean, he allowed the book to get published. Nonetheless, Dustin also apologized to the public as he is only now grasping the impact his character had on pop culture.
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"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."
Well at least Dustin's making an effort.
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