Nov 28

NBC’s Peacock streaming service apologizes for Selena Gomez jokes on ‘Saved by the Bell’ reboot

Sophie MullerPeacock, NBC's streaming service, has apologized for seemingly making fun of Selena Gomez's kidney transplant on its reboot of Saved By the Bell.

"Respect Selena Gomez" trended on Twitter on Saturday, Variety reports, as Selenators were up in arms about the references to the singer on the show. 

According to Variety, a scene from episode six of the series showed two students at Bayside High gossiping about who donated a kidney to Selena -- despite the fact that Selena has publicly stated that it was her friend Francia Raisa.  In fact, she even posted photos of them side-by-side in the hospital.

“I know for a fact that Selena Gomez’s kidney donor was Justin Bieber’s mom," said a student. "God, I wish that I had my phone so that I could prove it."

“Prove what?” the other student says. “That you’re an idiot? It was Demi Lovato’s kidney. They’re best friends, like you and I were.”

In another scene, graffiti on a wall appears to read, "Does Selena Gomez even have a kidney?”

In a statement to Variety, Peacock, NBCUniversal and the show’s executive producers said, "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.”

One fan tweeted, "Saved by the Bell, that's disgusting. Selena almost lost her life, jokes about her kidney transplant is NOT FUNNY. Respect Selena Gomez."

Another wrote, "Joking about someone’s disease is not funny whatsoever. It’s just so cruel and unjust. Selena doesn’t deserve that & no one else deserves that either. RESPECT SELENA GOMEZ."

Selena revealed in 2017 that she'd had a kidney transplant as a result of her struggle with the autoimmune disease lupus.

By Andrea Dresdale
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   Nov 25

‘The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration’ revisits performances by Kelly Clarkson, Pentatonix

Disney/Mark AshmanIn a special fifth anniversary edition, The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration will revisit some of the annual highlights of Christmases past at Disney Parks.

Some of those highlights include Kelly Clarkson’s 2016 performance of “Underneath the Tree,” Jason Derulo’s 2017 performance of “Silent Night, and last year’s Pentatonix performance of “Deck the Halls.”

Meghan Trainor, Idina Menzel, OneRepublic, Boyz II Men and Aloe Blacc are also among the performers revisited in the special, which will air on Thanksgiving night.

Sibling duo Derek and Julianne Hough are returning as hosts. They last hosted the special during its inaugural year, 2016. This year, they’ll kick the night off with a brand-new medley of classics, singing and dancing their way through a dazzling show open.

During the holiday special, we'll get a couple of sneak peeks into the wonderful world of Disney, including a glimpse into Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure, which is coming to EPCOT in Florida in 2021.

The show will also feature a teaser of the all-new film Soul, a Disney and Pixar production that’s coming to Disney+ beginning Christmas Day.

The special will air on November 26 at 9PM ET on ABC. 

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By Andrea Tuccillo and Carena Liptak
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   Nov 25

Mic drop: Bruno Mars, The Weeknd and more donate autographed mics for a good cause

Courtesy Reverb (The Weeknd's signed mic)Bruno Mars, The Weeknd and Billie Eilish are among the artists donating their autographed microphones to raise money for youth music education.

They’ve partnered with Reverb, the largest online marketplace dedicated to musical instruments, with all proceeds going to youth music education programs that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Other artists providing their mics include Alanis Morissette, Kesha, John Legend, Paul McCartney, J Balvin and more.

The mics go on sale on Giving Tuesday, December 1, in The Official One Mic Reverb Shop on

By Andrea Tuccillo
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