UNITED STATES (CNN) — Nobody disses Zack Morris and gets away with it - not even Zack Morris, apparently.
Actor Mark-Paul Gosselaar - who played the charming but mischievous Morris in the popular '80s and '90s sitcom "Saved By the Bell" - has had to explain some not-so-flattering comments he reportedly made about the show that made him famous.
Last week, Yahoo.com quoted Gosselaar as saying the iconic series was "not a great show," calling the writing "cheesy."
Not surprisingly, diehard "SBTB" fans didn't appreciate his remarks.
But TMZ reports that the actor now says that the quote in question was "taken out of context," even though he does admit to calling the comedy a little corny.
Still, Gosselaar swears it was not a diss. "That's why people like it!" he said Thursday. "I wasn't saying it was a bad show, just that the writing reflected '80s cheesiness."
The "Franklin & Bash" star added that he's "proud of that show, and [has] no problem talking about it."