The Young and the Restless Contract Negotiations: What's Good for the Goose is Good for the Gander

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TV Guide Canada's report that Melody Thomas Scott has been asked to take recurring made me think about a The Young and the Restless without her. My conclusion: I don't want to think about the possibility. Melody Thomas Scott did the work of her career last year and for many Nikki and Victor are the end game. However, in tough economic times and in an era of eroding ratings, soaps are doing what they have to do to survive.

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ABC fans are accustomed to hearing or reading about male actors getting better contract deals, better vacation clauses or participating in alleged contract negotiation alliances. Now that daytime's No. 1 rated soap is feeling the economic pinch, is it just actresses like Melody Thomas Scott and Jess Walton being asked to take one for the team or are the show's leading men being asked to do so as well?

Should Y&R's leading actors be forced to take pay cutsif leading actresses are?