Fans of the show blasted the Franklin & Bash star for his comments, which he now insists were taken out of context.
He told TMZ that he's still fond of the show despite what he maintains was bad writing.
"That's why people like it," he explained, "I wasn't saying it was a bad show, just that the writing reflected [the era it was produced]."
Gosselaar added that he was proud of the show and "bummed" by the fan reaction to his comments.
He added: "Everything I've ever done after the show has pointed to me having nothing but respect for it."
The writer of the original Yahoo! interview has responded to Gosselaar's claims that his words were twisted, saying "I stand by my story 100%", and adding that Gosselaar's statement was a direct quote that was recorded on tape.
Gosselaar was recently up for a proposed Saved by the Bell reunion, which was later halted by former castmate Tiffani Thiessen.