“I know for sure that Selena Gomez’s kidney donor was Justin Bieber’s mother. God, I want to have my phone so I can prove it,” said one student.
In another scene, the graffiti on a wall behind students reads, “Does Selena Gomez even have a kidney?”
The episode provoked a reaction on social networks, as many of Gomez’s fans stood up for her.
“We apologize,” NBC said in a statement published on CNN on Monday. “We never intended to shed light on Selena’s health. We are in contact with her team and will make a donation to her charity, the Selena Gomez Lupus Research Foundation at USC.”
CNN asked Gomez’s representatives for comment.
“I appreciate the apology, but let’s not forget the donors who potentially felt offended and freed from the spray paint painted on the wall,” she wrote.