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Mark-Paul Gosselaar defends 'Saved by the Bell' comments

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Mark-Paul Gosselaar has come out to defend his recent comments about sitcom Saved by the Bell.

The 38-year-old actor starred on the hit series from 1989 to 1993, playing troublemaker Zack Morris.

Mark-Paul Gosselaar

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Mark-Paul Gosselaar as Zachary 'Zack' Morris

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In a recent interview, Gosselaar said that the show was not great, describing the writing as "kind of hokey" and "very much a piece of that time".

Fans of the show blasted the Franklin & Bash star for his comments, which he now insists were taken out of context.

He told TMZ that he's still fond of the show despite what he maintains was bad writing.

"That's why people like it," he explained, "I wasn't saying it was a bad show, just that the writing reflected [the era it was produced]."

Gosselaar added that he was proud of the show and "bummed" by the fan reaction to his comments.

He added: "Everything I've ever done after the show has pointed to me having nothing but respect for it."

The writer of the original Yahoo! interview has responded to Gosselaar's claims that his words were twisted, saying "I stand by my story 100%", and adding that Gosselaar's statement was a direct quote that was recorded on tape.

Gosselaar was recently up for a proposed Saved by the Bell reunion, which was later halted by former castmate Tiffani Thiessen.

Watch a clip from Saved by the Bell below:

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