Saved By The Bell honors Dustin Diamond and Screech Powers

Dustin Diamond was honored in the final episode of the Saved By The Bell reboot (Photo: Peacock / Getty)

The reboot of Saved By The Bell featured an emotional tribute to Dustin Diamond, following his death.

The actor, who played Screech Powers on the original ’90s sitcom, died in February of battle with cancer, aged 44.

He was honored in the last episode of the reboot – which also included a surprise appearance by Screech’s beloved robot, Kevin.

In the season two premiere, Zack Morris and AC Slater (played by Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Mario Lopez respectively) paid tribute to their former school pal – but made no mention of how he died onscreen.

‘[The] the worst things have happened this year, ”Zack told his former teenage rival – who appeared to be struggling in the wake of the sad news.

In the final moments of the episode, the gang reunited at their school hangout, The Max, with Jessie (Elizabeth Berkley), Kelly (Tiffani Thiessen) and Lisa (Lark Voorhies) joining in at the memorial, before Max does reveal the latest addition to the tribute menu – Screech’s Spaghetti Burger.

Dustin was part of the original cast for the sitcom (Photo: NBC)
Dustin has died aged 44 from a battle with cancer (Photo: Getty)

Robot Kevin served the dishes while the cast assembled the burgers for their late friend, with a montage of some of his best comedy moments at the end.

Diamond played Screech, the nerdy sidekick in Saved By The Bell, from 1989 to 1993 and reprized the role in the follow-up series Saved By The Bell: The New Class and Saved By The Bell: The College Years.

He did not appear in the first season of the reboot series – something he admitted had hurt him at the time, given that he was an integral part of the original cast.

Dustin was the only core cast member not to return for the reboot (Photo: Getty)

There were reportedly discussions about his participation in the upcoming second season before his death.

Executive producer Tracey Wigfield told Variety that the original cast members thought it was important to include a tribute to their co-star.

She said: “It would have been wrong not to recognize him in a real way and not let our OG characters mourn this character that we will never see again.

“That I wanted to show on screen, but I just wanted to make sure we were as sensitive as possible.”

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