Lark Voorhies Feels "Hurt" and "Slighted" by the Saved by the Bell Reboot
As more and more details emerge about the Saved by the Bell reboot, there's plenty for fans to get excited about. However, one familiar face won't be part of the show, according to People. Lark Voorhies, who played Lisa Marie Turtle, explained that she won't be part of the reunion. During an appearance on The Dr. Oz Show, she read a journal entry that described her feeling "hurt" and "slighted."
"It reads, this is a question to the reunion," she read. "I have to admit I did feel a bit slighted and hurt when I was not invited to be part of the Saved by the Bell reunion, as well as other cast members’ events. Yet, of course, I also realized that having this puzzling disorder may have played a major part in that factual decision."
Voorhies's mother revealed that her daughter was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2012. Voorhies addressed the disorder in her journal entry, which continued, "With that in mind, I am truly thankful for having had the chance to work on a show that has been so successful."
Several cast members from the original cast have already confirmed their return to the reboot, which will air on NBCUniversal's streaming service, Peacock. Mark-Paul Gosselaar will return as well as original stars Mario Lopez and Elizabeth Berkley, who played A.C. Slater and Jessie Spano, respectively. Tiffani Thiessen, who played Kelly Kapowski, "has been engaged with," Gosselaar explained during a Television Critics Association event.
Voorhies also spoke about being excluded from the many reunions that the cast members have had in the past. Dr. Oz asked her if she felt hurt about those moments and she said that she understands that her castmates deserve to be happy.
"They have the right to do that and they're happy in their element and they can have it, certainly," Voorhies said. She added that she'd love to be included, because the group felt like a family when they were filming. "Family isn't kept complete without its lead," she said.
Voorhies told Dr. Oz that her bipolar disorder causes her to hear competing voices in her head, which can lead to her hearing more and more voices.
"Then, when you have that, it’s like why I have this one," she said. "So you come up with another one for yourself because I got this from myself and it just goes on and on."