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Last night, Late Night With Jimmy Fallon got a lot further in their quest to reunite the cast of Saved By The Bell when Mark-Paul Gosselaar appeared in character as “Zack Morris” and updated Jimmy on his fabulous life in Hollywood, where he moved after school to be an actor with his two best friends and high school principal: “I had to change my name to Mark-Paul Gosselaar because there was already a Zack Morris in SAG.” Zack, as Mark-Paul, now stars on the show Raising The Bar, which he managed to fully promote without ever dropping character. Oh, also? Turns out Zack and Kelly Kapowski were married, but “Things got pretty rough after we split up. Kelly moved to a different zip code.” Zack even plays a Zack Attack song backed up by The Roots. Who knew Mark-Paul Gosselaar was a such a good sport/funny guy?

This could be a running gag with ’90s shows. (Do ALF next!)

Comments (48)
  1. props to mark, this was quite entertaining

    • Agreed. I cannot believe how little he has aged! Also, Kelly and Screech, who do you think you’re kidding. Get on board! I also would like Max from The Max who mysteriously disappeared to show up as well.

  2. Not even gonna lie, I still watch SBTB almost every morning when I’m getting ready for work. This was amazing.

  3. Sweet merciful crap. The one time I care about something on Fallon and I can’t see it anywhere. Zach still looks pretty damn good! I want Screech and Lisa to do “The Sprain” or Jesse singing how excited she is. Just bring me back there guys!

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  5. I have to say I’m starting to warm up to this Fallon character.

    • no need to give Jimmy Fallon any props. A.D. Miles is the head writer.

    • Have to agree with you – I think the fact that Fallon is so willing to go for these unorthodox (at least by late night standards) skits/segments points to a lot of potential – already being realized by this (when you have a guest completely up for it as well) and stuff like the recent Dave Matthews GPS, which was also great – good on you, Jimmy Fallon – keep up the good work – of course, having the Roots was/is/will always be the best decision – and the music spots on the show consistently kill.

  6. Such a good sport!

  7. WHOA! That was too awesome!!! I loved this show so much.

    This skit was pretty good too. How they managed to sneak in all those little details from the show. I remember when Zack and Kelly broke up because of that Jeff guy. It was disastrous, I even remember crying! Yes, when you are that young that stuff affects you a lot.

    Screech will surely be in (hello, sex tape, etcetera). He is just making himself too self-important. A friend who lives in Milwaukee, where Justin Diamond lives now, told me he ran a scam selling memorabilia because he was going bankrupt and losing his house, then he never sent people anything! Scum bag!

  8. dru  |   Posted on Jun 9th, 2009 +3

    somebody should up this somewhere else so us non-americans can share in the nostalgia.

  9. This was great. Looking forward to a hijinks-filled reunion!

  10. Fallon is making it really hard to continue disliking him.

  11. Even with a great bit like this, Fallon can’t host a show worth shit.

  12. can Mark-Paul Gosselaar now be the best?

  13. That was one of the best late night moments in a long time! I’m talking: letterman, conan, etc.- all late night shows.

    Last I heard Screech was planning on writing a book detailing how his costars slept with each other and smoked weed, so it’d surprising that the others would even tolerate his presence.

  14. courtney  |   Posted on Jun 9th, 2009 +2

    Wow what a good sport and really funny! I loved this show growing up and most of the cast members for a reunion would be cool excluding Dustin Diamond. If you saw the way he acted on those Vh1 reality shows and how everybody wanted to kick his ass then him not coming back would be a good thing.

  15. Joe  |   Posted on Jun 9th, 2009 -1

    They should try to reunite “SBTB: The New Class”.

  16. Joe  |   Posted on Jun 9th, 2009 +13

    Another demon is Mr. Belding, who is regularly spotted in Las Vegas being a creepy douche. He’s just trying to be cool though, like his younger brother Rod.

  17. I’m not gonna be impressed until Elizabeth Berkley shows up as her character in Showgirls and wails, “I’m so excited. I’m so excited. I’m so… so… scaaarrred.”

  18. I’m giving Raising The Bar a chance this season because of this.

  19. I’ll go ahead and admit that I was super excited for this interview. The fact that he did the entire thing as Zack Morris pretty much made my millennium.

  20. There’s a little interview where he talks about getting back into character on tvguide.com
    http://www.tvguide.com/News/Gosselaar-Zack-Fallon-1006722.aspx

    All of this is reigniting those yearssssss of crush on him!

  21. MPG absolutely killed it. I think every guest should be able to ‘time out’ Fallon moving forward.

  22. Chadams  |   Posted on Jun 9th, 2009 +3

    That performance of “Friends Forever” was quite the cringe-inducer, though.

  23. Ha! The 90′s kid in me will always love SBTB.
    The Zach Morris Timeouts made me wanna pinch roll my jeans and rock the Reebok high tops.

  24. Evan  |   Posted on Jun 9th, 2009 +4

    So last night made me a firm believer that Jimmy was definitely the right choice to replace Conan.. god damn, that Zack Morris interview was simply the best.

  25. powalsy  |   Posted on Jun 9th, 2009 +2

    conan had PIMPBOT. a robot pimp.
    jimmy fallon giggles through a 5 min long pop culture reference.

    i love the roots, think the writers have some decent talent, but this show is the dane cook of late night.

  26. Stansbury Material.

  27. I’m so excited! I’m so excited! I so… scared!

  28. Joker's Lady  |   Posted on Jun 9th, 2009 0

    I saw fallon last night only because of this interview. It was so awesome. big saved by the bell fan, I do hope they get this reunion together.

  29. herrorara  |   Posted on Jun 9th, 2009 0

    So cool of MPG to do this, but I feel like I’m the only one who was genuinely creeped out the whole time?

  30. i’m hoping fallon can reassemble the cast of ALL THAT. you know you loved that shit. as a kid, keenan thompson was the pinnacle of high comedy… is it in fact unfair to criticize a formerly great artist for his latter day sins, is it better to burn out or fade away?

    also, mpg looks exactly the same as he did in 1992.

  31. Zack Morris + The Roots = The Greatest thing ever!

  32. i swooned. i love preppy.

  33. It seemed like only yesterday we started. But now we’ll put away our books and pens. We’ll go on with our lives once we have parted. But how will we say farewell to our friends?

  34. eddie  |   Posted on Jun 10th, 2009 -2

    i wish this would have happened somewhere else, this Fallon atrocity has got to go.

  35. Massive props to Mark-Paul Gosselaar. I laughed whenever I saw ads for his new show because he’s fucking ZACK MORRIS, but now I gots respect.

  36. ChaChaWaWa  |   Posted on Jun 14th, 2009 0

    That’s it, I’m buying acid washed jeans.

  37. HAHAHAHAHAHAOMG I TOTALLY REMEMBER THAT SHOW TOO!!!

    Nostalgic references now qualify as comedy, apparently. Score one for Jimmy Fallon.

    Let’s take a point away from Mark Paul though, for reminding everyone why no one’s really ever taken him seriously.

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