This bond is forever! Amanda Bynes sadly wasn’t able to attend the second annual ‘90 Con, but her former All That co-star decided to give her quite a sweet shout-out. Back in January, it was announced that the 36-year-old, who has led quite a private life in recent years, was scheduled to be a special guest at the convention this year. According to the event’s official website, the actress would join fellow All That alums Danny Tamberelli, Lori Beth Denberg and Kel Mitchell on a panel located inside the Connecticut convention center.
But on March 17th, news broke out that Bynes would no longer be able to attend the event. When the cast decided to take the stage on Saturday, March 18th, they went on to discuss her absence. 44-year-old Mitchel asked the crowd of attendees to send a prayer to the actress to “feel better” but didn’t disclose any further details about her health.
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Fellow All That alum and Saturday Night Live star Kenan Thompson went on to appear in her place, where he also offered an update about him and Mitchell’s upcoming anticipated Good Burger sequel. “We’ve been waiting. We want to get it done and out,” the 44-year-old jokes.
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Thompson, Mitchell, and Byens quickly skyrocketed to fame as players on Nickelodeon’s All That, which aired between 1994 and 2005. After several seasons on the show, Bynes went on to produce her own spinoff show, The Amanda Show, which ran between 1999 and 2001. Mitchell and Thomson also starred on their own spinoff series, Kenan & Kel.
Following her success on The Amanda Show, the actress went on to secure roles in popular movies such as What a Girl Wants, She’s the Man, Hairspray, Sydney White, and the TV show What I Like About You. After taking a brief break from acting in 2010, Bynes returned to the big screen with a role in Easy A alongside Emma Stone and Penn Badgley, before once again stepping away from the limelight.
“I just had no purpose in life. I’d been working my whole life and [now] I was doing nothing,” she told Paper magazine in 2018. “I had a lot of time on my hands and I would ‘wake and bake’ and literally be stoned all day long. … I got really into my drug usage and it became a really dark, sad world for me.”
In August 2013, the ex-child star was put under a temporary conservatorship following a string of mental health and substance abuse issues. Amanda’s mother, Lynn Bynes, was appointed as the conservator responsible for her daughter’s healthcare and personal affairs. In February 2022, Amanda filed a petition to terminate the conservatorship, which was subsequently granted and ended a month later.