“Mr. Belding” Dennis Haskins Blasts “Mean” Death Hoax (VIDEO)
Dennis Haskins is NOT dead, and the actor who played Mr. Belding on “Saved by the Bell” calls the death hoax that struck this week “mean.” After yet another false celebrity death rumor spread like wildfire, Haskins began receiving calls from worried friends who wanted to make sure he was OK after outlets began reporting that he’d died in a car accident.
Appearing on HuffPost Live, the actor talked about how nasty stunts like this one take their toll and make things confusing when celebrities really do die. “I didn’t know about it,” he explained of the hoax. “Then the next day, a script supervisor from the show called me and said, ‘Denny, I was just making plans to go to Tennessee and go to your funeral!'” He recalled, “I’m like, ‘Holy cow!’ So she sent me the link, I saw what was going on.” Haskins noted, “They made it look legit. The story was written really well, it was really laid out. I’m not complimenting this person, but it was like a police report… The things all tied in and it could’ve made sense.” He added, “The thing that kills me is that a lot of people that care about me, not just friends and family, but fans really think I died, and it was mean. It’s not satire. Satire is humor.”
Check out the video below, and tell us what you think.