The October 18, 2011 issue of Soap Opera Digest has a nice interview with Melody Thomas Scott, who plays Nikki on The Young and the Restless. Back in April, Nikki was sent off to rehab. Melody taped her last day and that was it. She didn't hear anything from show exec's. She posted on Twitter, http://twitter.com/MelodyThomasSco, what was going on, which was that she thought she was let go from the show. Her tweets caused quite a commotion. She was new to Twitter and didn't really know that so many people would read her tweets. It turned out to be a good way for her to let fans know the truth about what was going on though.
Apparently taping your last day and not hearing anything from a show for a week or two is normal in the acting business. As time went on, with still no contact, Melody figured that was the end. She even cleaned out her dressing room.
Adding to the confusion of the situation, exec producer/head writer Maria Arena Bell made comments that Nikki was coming back and was an important part of Y&R. The show had even told Melody the show was getting back to core families and Nikki was "the coriest of the core".
Yet, no one bothered to call Melody and tell her the leave was just temporary. You would think someone would have. It's called common courtesy. Y&R is lucky she didn't go off and find another job.
During her time away, Melody was in contact with just a few of her co-stars that she trusted. She even attended the Daytime Emmy's, but only to support her husband Ed Scott who is producer of Bold & Beautiful. She was even treated better than usual.
As it turned out, she could have taken a six month trip without being missed, but in the end it was only temporary. Melody's worries are finally over. She has signed a three year contract and will start airing in late November.
It will be great to see Nikki back on the air. She will be just out of rehab, so it'll be interesting to see what's in store for her. Maybe it will be a fresh start. She will definitely need a new wardrobe, and maybe she can trade in cash for gold jewelry. Gold is selling pretty high these days. She could even trade her old jewelry and get cash for gold. Once she uses that cash for gold, she could go buy some new jewelry and go after Victor. Reuniting those two would make fans happy. They did have some great scenes before Nikki went off to rehab.
Whatever the storyline is, it will be great to see Melody Thomas Scott/Nikki back on The Young and the Restless.