Melody Thomas Scott out of 'Y&R'?

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Fans of The Young and the Restless are bubbling mad about a series of Tweets from star Melody Thomas Scott that appear to indicate she’s off the CBS daytime drama — at least for now. Scott, who has played Nikki Newman since 1979, was last seen on the No. 1 sudser a week ago. Her character was entering rehab for drinking.

“All I can say is what I know,” Scott tweeted Thursday. “My last tape date was 4/28, aired last Fri. & I have recd no scripts since.Y&R has not contacted me.”

If her absence is over a contract dispute, it’s unclear whether Scott seems open to a pay cut since she’s endured several already. She went onto Tweet today that “I’ve taken as many, if not more than my share of pay cuts.”

So what’s the story? A source close to the sudser stresses that Scott is not leaving but declined to comment further.

It seems likely that Sony, which produces the drama for CBS, is continuing to look for more ways to shave the salary budget  — especially given what happened to Eric Braeden (Victor Newman) more than a year ago. The soap has a massive cast, and it just took on another high-profile (see: pricey) star in Genie Francis.  Though the show remains the top-rated sudser in daytime, Y&R needs to remain lean and mean if it wants a future on broadcast. That may be why Maura West — who came to Y&R from As the World Turns — has been notified that her character, Diane, has been cut. West’s last airdate is in August. 

Still, Nikki is a core character and fans would no doubt revolt if she was gone for good. More news as it becomes available.

For more:

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Genie Francis joins Y&R

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  • peggy

    She should take Victor with her. His character is so sanctimonious, it makes me sick.

    • Sue

      This could affect the ratings, because she and Victor (Eric Braedon) are the core of the long running Y & R. New ones can never affect the show like Nikki!

      • Bobbie Long

        Please get Nikki and Victor back together. Let Adam stay and get back with Sharon, and keep Billy with Victoria. Let Adam change his ways and become a nice guy. He’s really a great actor.and good for Sharon.

      • Sam

        Really ??? Icant believe you would even consider not bringing her back!! Nikki , Victor, and Kay are the backbone of Y@R. Looks like I will have to rethink about keeping tuned into the program I have watched this program from day one!!! shame on all of you for even considering this!

    • Betty

      NO WAY!!! Those two (Victor & Nikki) are what make Y&R!!

    • debbie long

      I have been watching y&r since it began. I hate that nikki newman has been taken off the show. She is such an important part of this show. Without her, the show won’t be the same. I think this could have an impact on the ratings. Not good….bring Nikki back.
      Deb

    • DEBRA

      MONEY? REALLY MONEY??? MELODY THOMAS SCOOT HJAS MORE THAN “EARNED” HER KEEP AT Y&R, JUST AS ERIC BRADEN HAS. THE POWERS THAT BE NEED TO OPEN THEIR POCKETS AND GIVE ALL CORE CHARACTERS THEIR “JUST” PAY…BRING MELODY(NIKI) BACK,,,OR YOU MAY LOSE MORE THAN HER CHARACTER!!!! DO YOU REALLY WANT TO LOSE YOUR LOYAL VIEWERS?

  • Abe Froman

    How can she not know? Is her contract still in effect? Is she still getting paid? Once the money stops coming in, that might be a clue.

  • Jen

    Anyone know how much soap stars get paid? The high profile ones as well as the side characters?

    • Brenda Barrett

      Your Tony Gearys, etc. made a million or more annually during soaps’ peak years. A new actor might get 1-2K per episode; that may sound like a lot, but if you’re only on the show 2xs/week, you’d gross $8K per month. Minus your agent’s cut and related expenses, and factoring in the high cost of living in NYC or LA, and it’s not that much.

  • Y&Rfan

    Melody Thomas Scott is NEEDED at Y&R. Y&R needs to trim the fat and go back to basics. I don’t care what she makes she just needs to be on. Y&R needs to value their vets and realize they will be making more money. SONY needs to get it together before they lose many of their fans. I won’t be watching until she is back.

    • yb

      cut devon, the gay lawyer, yes definatley diane……….. hey omg is that why i havent seen kays husband : (

      • Kim Glenn

        I agree with cutting the gay lawyer he’s not on there much and we have lots of lawyers in this show. Plus don’t keep Daisy on there long she can go. Keep Murph love that guy

  • Sarah

    Love MTS, Love Nikki. Melody has been the leading lady of Y&R for 32 years. She deserves respect.

  • Iakovos

    I like a big cast but there seems to be too many pieces on the game board. If money is a genuine concern, determine the best for the program and make cuts AND start writing some relevant contemporary stories that are not retreads, that do not involve incredible resurrections and doppelgangers, and are not so incestuous. Ms. Scott is very talented and her character at times has been strong and sympathetic. I would hate to see her gone.

  • YRFanToo

    I believe they get paid per episode. No taping, no pay.

  • EAW

    TV Guide Canada posted pretty much the same thing today except they quoted an inside mole that said that MTS has not been willing to take a pay cut and that she is the highest paid actor on the show making around $10,000 per episode she is on. They went on to say that since she is so expensive, they are using her sparingly after her big storyline this spring…Guess Nikki will be in rehab for a while.

  • AA

    Glad to read that they’re getting rid of Diane. Couldn’t stand her character, wasn’t much of a fan of that actress playing her either.

    • Kim Glenn

      I agree Diane can go

    • Mimi

      Maura West is a fine actor stuck with some bad plot choices. Diane’s return started strong and then went nowhere, but you can blame Bell for that. Still, I would rather watch Maura West in a badly handled Diane story that Lily’s convenient cancer, Chance vs the dirty cops or anything given to Heather since the recast.

      • Bridget

        I agree with the last part of your statement . bye bye good for her..

  • PN

    If she did get kicked off the show,it’s going to be a huge loss. I have followed her since the ’80s, though I didn’t know she started in 1979. But if it did happen, let’s not get too hyper. She’s had a good run on the show.

    • yb

      yes save melody!!!! shes the staple to that crazy newman family… lol…id rather see victor go hes evil

  • anna

    I like nikki but all characters are disposable and the show will go on with or without her. The same as victor or anyother character

  • Carolyn

    I read an article over a month ago which stated that MTS had reached her episode limit per her contract and would be off screen for a while. Why is she acting like she doesn’t know what is going on? I wouldn’t miss her anyway if she was let go!

  • Jo

    I always liked her because she reminds me of Miss Piggy.

    • Jan

      Actually Michele Stafford looks more like Miss Piggy.

      • aNNE

        WATCHED Y&R SINCE FIRST EPISODE. NOW, LET’S CLEAN UP THE CAST. mORE THAN A LITTLE TIRED OF EVERYONE THINKING THE PROBLEMS OF THE WORLD CAN ALL BE SETTLED IN BED. GET SOME CLASS BACK…PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!AND FOR GOODNESS SAKE GET NIKKI BACK WITH VICTOR.

    • Brenda

      how rude

    • soapy

      In the late 80s early 90s Nicky did look like Ms Piggy when she had the big hair

      • Farhan

        Few people cgahne a life direction. Diane did mine. Dear friend, mentor and editor, Diane Marcou left quietly sometime in the predawn hours on Sat., July 16, 2011. I think that all she could give was given: it was her time and maybe deep down she knew it. There was a place in her heart for the down-and-out, the cast-offs of privileged society.Everyone has a story, Diane would say; and those of us who have the ability have a duty to tell that story. Whether she was writing about people in a small town church community or the wild exploits of drug traffickers, each person was equal in her eyes and each merited dignity. A friend to outcasts and strays of all kinds, her empathy was woven in short stories, poems and novels characterizing the humanity of the friendless and least sympathetic among us. She saw drug dealers, Nazi sympathizers, and alleged terrorists as people caught up in worlds they had not created; and as society’s victims, she stood by them, listened and fashioned them into compelling stories. When I proposed an idea to write about an alleged terrorist, Diane questioned facts and played Devil’s Advocate, forcing me see all sides. When she felt sure of my conviction, she went with me to meet the imprisoned subject society had abandoned. Just and fair-minded, Diane had a unique sixth sense about people. Never judgmental, in the twenty years I knew her, I never heard a disparaging word or a put-down of anyone. The unpopular, the down and out and misunderstood, stood as equals to royalty in her eyes. My drafts are heavy with her red ink and I hear her voice when I read again her corrections. It seems like yesterday and yet, it was many years ago that she pushed me to become a journalist for the Pinellas News. We spent countless nights on the phone as she edited my first articles, guided my features and encouraged the creation of my own column, Our Heritage. Highlighting the multi-cultural makeup of Tampa Bay, Diane gave me the jump-start to become a journalist. And when as a reporter oversees, I sent her my articles, she gave me courage to continue.

  • David

    It just a matter of time before Y&R goes as well. Although I bet Y&R will outlast all the rest of the soaps; they’ll all be gone by 2015.

  • kzeez

    HOPE SHE COMES BACK.BUT WHAT ABOUT DAYS OF OUR LIVES.THEY’VE FIRED LOUISE SOREL CRYSAL CHAPPELL AND NADIA BJORLIN.HAT’S A TRAJEDY.I WILL NO WACH ANYMORE.EVEN IF MARLENA COMES BACK.KEN CORDAY SHOULD BE FIRED.

    • bonnie james

      Get Melody back and stop hiring all these other people from other soaps Y&R is number 1 because of the cast.

      • Josephine Rhoades

        Please bring Billy back to Victoria, they worked so good together. Love him. There must be somewhere you can put Nikki. I really liked her with Deacon.

      • Jeannine

        I have watched Y&R since the day it first aired, I think 1971 (?) before Nikki and Victor were ever on the show. They have continued to captivate me since. I adore both Nikki and Victor. The problem with the show is that there are entirely too many story plots. I don’t like “who dunnit’s”, bring back more normalcy and less characters.

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