Dustin Diamond, known better as Screech from the TV show Saved by the Bell, has become another child star to inappropriately manage his monies.Â In an effort to save his home, Diamond is trying to raise $250,000 by selling t-shirts.
The 29-year-oldÂ comedian needs to sell 30,000 shirts at $15 – $20 a piece by the end ofÂ this monthÂ to prevent foreclosure on his home in Port Washington, Wisconsin, near Milwaukee.
The t-shirt features a photo of Diamond holding a sign thatÂ reads “Save My House” and the back states: “I paid $15.00 to save Screech’s house.”
DiamondÂ recently appearedÂ on Howard Stern’s satellite radio show to argue his case: “I’m doing great with my comedy, but this is definitely a low point.”
Dustin’s current career as a standup comic does not pay all the bills & the poor child star is left to scratch at the surface of the American public for any pittance they will give.Â
Diamond said his current career as a standup comic will not pay the bills.Â He claims that his earnings from the highly-rated TV series Saved By the Bell, which ran from 1989-1993, were spent by his parents & that he made some minor tax miscalculations.Â Diamond filed for bankruptcy in 2001.
While appearing on Howard Stern’s show, a hopeful Dustin stated, “If the public didn’t care, I as an entertainer wouldn’t have been a success.”
I’m left feeling that if there had been a solo Screech show on TV, it wouldn’t have lasted very long.Â So I’m not sure that the public really cared about Diamond’s entertainment success, or lack thereof.Â
To permanently clear the cult air, by the way, Dustin Diamond is in no way related to Mike D of the Beastie Boys.Â I bet it was Dustin who started that cult classic anyway.