SAVED BY THE BELL has issued a formal apology to Selena Gomez after they made a “disgusting” joke about the star’s kidney transplant that sparked outrage from fans and viewers.
An army of “Selenators” quickly got “respect Selena Gomez” trending on Twitter after the “cruel and unjust scene” went viral.
The show made a joke about Selena’s kidney transplant
NBC Universal, alongside its streaming service Peacock, said in a statement: “We apologise. 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 28-year-old singer underwent life-changing surgery in 2017 over her battle with lupus – with her friend Francia Raisa donating a kidney.
The remake of the 1990’s teen classic – which stars Mario Lopez in both the original and the reboot – launched on NBC’s streaming platform this week.
Selena underwent life changing surgery in 2017Credit: Instagram
Fans were outraged by the comment written on the wallCredit: NBC
Selena has shared her health journey with her fansCredit: Instagram
In one of the episodes from the new series, two Bayside High School students are arguing about who donated the Lose You To Love Me songstress’ organ during her serious transplant surgery.
During a hallway gossip session, one girl says: “I know for a fact that Selena Gomez’s kidney donor was Justin Bieber’s mom.
“God I wish that I had my phone so I could prove it.”
Her friend then responds: “Prove what? That you’re an idiot?
“It was Demi Lovato’s kidney. They’re best friends, like you and I were.”
The star has been battling lupusCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Mario stars in the reboot after it shot him to fame in the originalCredit: NBC
Selena’s transplant was referenced in the showCredit: NBC
The show didn’t stop there, and mentioned it again during a scene that takes place inside the school.
As two football players begin to argue, the words “Does Selena Gomez even have a kidney?” are written on the wall behind them.
Fans were furious the show “joked” about something so serious and slammed the move as “disgusting” – while also getting “respect Selena Gomez” to trend on Twitter.
“Joking about someone’s disease is not funny whatsoever. It’s just so cruel and unjust.
“Selena doesn’t deserve that & no one else deserves that either. RESPECT SELENA GOMEZ,” one fan wrote.
Selena’s fans were outraged and demanded an apology from NBC and PeacockCredit: Twitter
The reboot sees a whole new cast of kids with some old familiar facesCredit: NBC
The original gang Credit: Getty Images – Getty
Another furious person urged: “@peacockTV we demand an apology to @selenagomez for making fun of Selena’s health issues.
“5M – 10M people die from kidney diseases every year. Serious health issues should never be a joke. Stop using Selena’s struggles for profit for your flop show.”
“Wtf is wrong with this show and it’s obsession with selenas health??? this is so disgusting and unnecessary,” one more echoed.
While a fourth tweeted: “Using what selena gomez went through for entertainment is blatantly insensitive and wrong.
“What she went through was real and it wasn’t easy. it’s so incredibly disgusting seeing it be used as a joke for entertainment.”
Selena’s pal Francia Raisa donated a kidney to the starCredit: Getty – Contributor
The show said they’d make a donation to Selena’s lupus charityCredit: Instagram
The singer is doing well after her surgery Credit: Instagram
Selena, 28, required a kidney transplant in 2017 after the pop star contracted lupus, an autoimmune disease that causes the body to attack healthy parts of itself.
Her good friend and actress Francia Raisa donated a kidney to her – but complications in surgery meant Selena had to undergo yet another emergency procedure to keep her new kidney in place.
Francia told W weeks after the procedure: “A few hours after our surgery, I woke up and had a text from her that said, ‘I’m really scared.’ My kidney was very active, and when it turned I broke an artery.”
“They had to take Selena into emergency surgery and get a vein from her leg and build a new artery to keep my kidney in place. She could have died.”
Selena – who was sitting beside Francia for the joint interview – later said: “Francia gave me the ultimate gift and sacrifice by donating her kidney to me. I am incredibly blessed. I love you so much sis.”
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