Alycia Pascual-Pea and Josie Totah, who are starring in the revival, recalled Kobe Bryant’s death in a helicopter crash during the discussion of the pilot episode.

All stars of the Saved By the Bell revival reveal the cameo that never was.

Josie Totah and Alycia Pascual-Peña discuss the late and excellent basketball star Kobe Bryant in their podcast Dare We Say.

He was scheduled to appear in the Peacock series before eight others and including his daughter Gianna, died in a helicopter crash in January 2020.

“A wild tidbit that I don’t think a lot of people know, or it’s not important at all because obviously, we are the least of importance when it comes to this legend and his daughter’s passing,” Totah revealed on Sept. 15 , “but we were actually supposed to film with Kobe two days after he died.”

Though Totah, who co-hosts Dare We Say with Pascual-Peña and Yasmine Hamady, didn’t know Bryant personally, she said it was “surreal” to learn of his death. But, she added, “It was a very weird and insane thing to go through.”

Pascual-Peña explained that she and the rest of the cast did not discuss his upcoming cameo at the time out of respect for his family, explaining, “We want to respect the sentiment that everyone is dealing with it in their own way.”

Nonetheless, Pascual-Peña now feels comfortable sharing that his death profoundly affected the series, which got canceled after two seasons. “The energy on the set had shifted greatly,” she said, “while we were filming the show’s pilot.”

Pascual-Peña said she was so excited to meet him, saying, “He was originally a fan of the first Saved By the Bell, and he was excited to be on our show, like the [executive producer] told us that. And it’s really beautiful and eye-opening to see how one person can change and bring joy to so many people.”

Bryant’s sudden death saddened the Moxie actress, but she was comforted by the fact that so many loved him. “Some people live their entire lives never seeing the full impact they had on the world until they pass,” she explained. “Thankfully, Kobe was given his flowers. That man was so loved and so respected.”

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