Eight Secrets About the 'Saved by the Bell' Reunion

Jimmy Fallon has been begging the Saved by the Bell cast to do a reunion on his show for as long as he's been on air. And finally this week, we get our long-awaited reunion. But it's not on Fallon. It's on the cover of People magazine, which landed a photo shoot and interview with five of the six Saved by the Bell stars (the only one missing: Dustin Diamond, a.k.a. Screech). What happened? Why did the Bayside clan ditch Fallon, and where is Screech anyway?

NEWSWEEK sat down for an interview with Mark-Paul Gosselaar (Zack Morris) in June, just a few days after he parodied his old Saved by the Bell character on a segment on Fallon that quickly went Internet viral. Here are the things we learned, printed here for the very first time.

(1) Why is Dustin Diamond missing on the cover of People? Gosselaar says he hasn't talked to him recently, and they're no longer close. "That's a disaster on so many levels," he says of Diamond's problems (he owes $14,000 in taxes and starred in a sex tape). "I don't know where his head is. I know probably as much as you know from watching things on TV. It's as entertaining as hell. I watch it. But it's not great."

(2) Is he worried that Diamond is writing a Saved by the Bell tell-all book? Apparently not. "What is he going to say?" Gosselaar asks. "We were banging groupies at 14? I can't wait to read his book, because I don't have a memory of a lot of the shows. Maybe it was because I was doing lines off of the audience members' asses. I'm sure he's going to write something crazy like that. The truth is─the reason why the show worked and why it's still on today─we were good people and good to each other. We were innocent, naive kids. We were not jaded. So him writing a book, I'm not really afraid of what he has to say. There are not too many skeletons in my closet."

(3) Why did Gosselaar parody Zack on Fallon last month? "I didn't want to do a standard interview," he says. "What inspired me was Justin Timberlake going into character on SNL with his 'D--k in a Box' joke, and Neil Patrick Harris, who has embraced his past and has had fun with it in Harold & Kumar."

(4) How did he look so young, even though it's been 15 years since he stopped playing Zack? "I read a blog [where] some guy said, 'Dude, lay off the Botox.' I've never had Botox before. The wig was so f--king tight, it gave me a mini face-lift."

(5) Did People magazine just steal Jimmy Fallon's idea for a Saved by the Bell reunion? Actually, according to Gosselaar, People had the idea first. But the cast kept stalling. "It's very hard to get all of us together," he says.

(6) Was there anything Fallon could have done? Yes. Fallon never offered any specifics. "Jimmy has never gone into detail about what he has in mind for the reunion," Gosselaar says. "I'm more for a reunion if we're completely in character and we can do a skit about it. That would be something the audience would yearn for than just seeing us."

(7) But didn't Elizabeth Berkley already commit to Fallon's reunion? Gosselaar supposedly called her when he was on his show. "That phone was a prop phone," he says. "That was acting, my friend."

(8) What's the biggest thing Saved by the Bell gave Zack Morris? "I met my wife on Saved by the Bell: The College Years. She literally walked by in the hallway and said one word to Zack. Zack looks at her, and gives a look at the camera and winks. It was 16 years ago. We've been together ever since."