The references to Selena Gomez’s kidney transplant have been removed from the Saved By The Bell reboot after complaints from fans.
The new Peacock series had upset viewers after it appeared to make light of Selena’s life-saving transplant on two occasions.
Selena, 28, underwent surgery in 2017 due to her battle with lupus, with her friend Francia Raisa donating a kidney.
In the TV show, Bayside High students were seen arguing about who her donor was, despite the identity being public knowledge.
One said on the show: ‘I know for a fact that Selena Gomez’s kidney donor was Justin Bieber’s mum. God I wish that I had my phone so I could prove it.’
The other snapped back: ‘Prove what? That you’re an idiot. It was Demi Lovato’s kidney. They’re best friends, like you and I were.’
In another scene, graffiti could be seen behind a pupil, which read: ‘Does Selena Gomez even have kidneys?’
Viewers shared their disappointment at the Ice Cream singer’s health condition being the butt of the jokes, getting ‘Respect Selena Gomez’ trending on Twitter.
Among the tweets, fans said: ‘The show-runners should’ve known how tone deaf and insensitive to lupus survivors it was to have “does Selena Gomez even have kidneys” spray painted on the wall.’
Others added: ‘You’re not edgy you’re disrespectful’ and ‘Selena has been through so much in her life, with kidney transplant, constant battle with lupus, and her struggle with bipolar disorder.’
Following the backlash from fans, show bosses apologised, telling Metro.co.uk in a statement: ‘We apologize. 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 scenes were also swiftly edited out of the show, with the new version already available to stream without references to Selena’s transplant.
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