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Mark-Paul Gosselaar clarifies quote about ‘Saved By the Bell’ not being great, finally

Saved by the Bell (File photo)

“The writing is kind of hokey… it’s very much a piece of that time,” Gosselaar, who played Zack “Preppy” Morris on the late ‘80s/early ‘90s TV show, as well as a “College Years” spinoff.

Obviously, a quote of this magnitude made waves, broke hearts and prompted passionate defenses of “SBTB.”

But wait, what’s this? Mark-Paul Gosselaar is on Twitter and said something about this interview on Tuesday?

Let’s turn to the tweet: “Interviews+out of context=sucks! I was referring to the writing of SBTB ‘not being great.’ Nothing but respect for SBTB. Fallon is proof.”

(Indeed, one time the actor pretended to be Zack Morris during a “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” interview and it was awesome.)

But I guess a lot of people don’t read his Twitter (sorry!) because more outlets (ahem) continued to write stories about the Yahoo! interview. So Gosselaar did what anyone would: He went to TMZ to clear the whole thing up.

He told the site, “I wasn’t saying it was a bad show, just that the writing reflected [‘80s cheesiness.].” Gosselaar also said he is “bummed” that his quote was taken out of context.

Now don’t you all feel terrible? You bummed out Mark-Paul Gosselaar!


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