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Saved By The Bell Removes Controversial Scenes About Selena Gomez’s Kidney Transplant

Saved By The Bell is making amends. The creative team has removed contentious scenes about Selena Gomez‘s 2017 kidney transplant following fan backlash.

The new reboot was criticized this week for nonchalantly referencing Gomez’s procedure. E! News has learned that there is now an edited version streaming on NBCU’s Peacock streaming site. 

In the sixth episode, called “Teen-Line,” two supporting characters debated who donated the kidney to Gomez. “I know for a fact that Selena Gomez’s kidney donor was Justin Bieber‘s mom,” one said. The other replied, “It was Demi Lovato‘s kidney. They’re best friends… like you and I were.”

“Respect Selena Gomez” trended on Twitter over the weekend, when Selenators defended her against the “tone deaf” comments.

In actuality, her donor was actress Francia Raisa, who also spoke out about the Saved By The Bell references on her Instagram Story. “Some of the cast and producers have reached out to me personally to apologize for this and I truly appreciate that,” the Grown-ish star wrote. “But I do want to acknowledge that this public apology from the network should acknowledge the donors that could have been offended by this.”

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