RUMOR REPORT: Is Y&R's Melody Thomas Scott in Contract Drama AGAIN?





Just received a tip that those spoilerazzis over at Daytime Royalty are abuzz with rumors about The Young and the Restless leading lady Melody Thomas Scott once again being in rather salty contract talks with Sony. Guess what, we've been hearing the exact same thing!

Reportedly, Scott was allowed to save face in the press by making it seem like she re-signed "on her own terms" during her last round of talks, but chatter is Scott was only given a short term deal to coincide with the end of Eric Braeden's contract cycle. Last June, TV Guide Canada's Nelson Branco reported that Scott was being written out. Later the actress revealed to TV Guide Magazine's Michael Logan she had re-signed.

"Melody is willing to take the substantial pay cut Sony wants her to take, but she wants a contract," says a source.

Sony, however, reportedly wants the actress to take recurring or nothing else. Could we soon be seeing the last of Victor and Nikki?

"Sony was paying close attention to what happened at Days of Our Lives when Deidre [Hall] and Drake [Hogestyn] were let go," says an industry insider. "Not only didn't the show tank, DAYS has actually gained viewers. They could care less about angry fans online."

This ish gets crazier by the minute...

RELATED: Melody Thomas Scott Renews Contract | Melody Thomas Scott Update | Melody Thomas Scott Staying With Y&R "On Her Own Terms"

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Recurring or nothing.

Now, that just ain't right. If Sony pulls that mess on my Jeannie Cooper I'm going hood!

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Makes perfect sense. Victor and Nikki were supposed to leave town for Belgium for his treatment. Nikki has declared that Victor is her one true love. Therefore, she would not have an onscreen love life if Braeden and his character, Victor, left.

Isn't a trip to Europe for medical treatment how Marlena and John left town?

The Y&R writers have proven themselves to be hacktacular for copying Days for the umpteenth time!!

What's next? Adam is forced to bury Ashley alive? Jill plants a chip in Jack's brain? Of course, Phillip is the Pawn! Lily becomes possessed by the devil? Tongue

So, what does this teach us? Scott is willing to take a huge pay cut but Sony won't put her on a contract. If this is true, why should any of the actors trust Sony?

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THIS IS ALL SHADES OF WRONG AND I'M READY TO TAKE ON ALL YOU NAYSAYERS!!! LOL...

Ok seriously, I was hoping when I read this early on another board that it wasn't true. It's just not right. Recurring or nothing?!?! That is just wrong on so many levels....so much is going through my head regarding this and I don't really know if I could continue to watch this show because I don't want to see a Y&R based off of Amber, Ryder, Gloria, Jana, Kevin, Jeffrey, and Michael. I just can't...

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I feel you Smitty, Mel is ready to play ball. If Sony does this they are some shady mo fos...
 

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OMG IM SO SICK OF ERIC AND MELODY!!

http://www.thewrap.com/ind-column/showdown-genoa-city-rocks-soap-world-8970

"Under his existing deal, Braeden pulls down roughly $1.5 million per year, according to two people with an understanding of his deal. Sony said it needed to reduce that figure to just over $1 million.

Braeden, however, doesn't think he should take such a big cut."

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Whoever that "source" is, is LYING. (when they say MTS is willing to take a paycut, but wants to stay on contract). I do remember it being said that she would be staying put "for the time being." So I'm not surprised it's coming up again. From what I remember, TPTB proposed the said cut (probably 40-50%) and she balked. So then, they said, "we'll bump you to recurring." Which basically would *force* the new salary amount, but I suspect we would not see Nikki any less. She whined about that too, so a temporary arrangement was made where they would put it off, until apparently they had to deal with Braeden (they knew full well what a drama queen he would be about it).

I'm getting pissed. They can BOTH leave as far as I'm concerned. Why can't they just swallow their freaking PRIDE, be PROFESSIONALS, and take the paycut, like Jess Walton did?? Apparently they have taken all this for granted and have forgotten the old adage, "be happy to be a WORKING actor."

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Coffee_Junkie

You might want to go back and read Jamey's post. Better yet let me point it out to you.

"Melody is willing to take the substantial pay cut Sony wants her to take, but she wants a contract," says a source.

She is willing to take the paycut! Give me a break people don't start this nonsense.

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Originally Melody did balk at the pay cut, but now she sees Sony ain't playing and reportedly has agreed to the money they are offering, she just wants it on contract, where as they want to pay her on a recurring basis.

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The writing is bad. If better story lines are offered then perhaps the ratings will go up. The word now is Deacon is leaving. His whole story line was stupid!!!!! Y&R needs better writers. Don't blame the actors for bad ratings.
Now Amber needs to go.
Bring Dru back.

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Bullsheet, Smitty. If she'd agreed to their pay cut from the beginning, there wouldn't be this drama. This whole, "they want to bump her to recurring" is HOGWASH. Re-read what I wrote, because that's how it happened. They only suggested recurring to her, because she refused the suggested paycut. They offered recurring status as an alternative but we would not see Nikki any less. They would just pay her for each episode she was in which would mean less salary than a contract player.

MTS and EB are not the victims here. They're just being drama queens. Pay cuts suck--but that's the way it is. The genre is dying. They are not helping the show by continuing to be prima donnas.

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Coffee_Junkie

Thanks for the clarification. I guess you should start a Coffee Junkie Confidential site since you know how things went down and you have all the inside details. How lucky you are to have the insider details. HA!

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Coffee_Junkie,

Why would Jamey, of all people, lie? He is damn accurate with his reporting. Why would he say that MTS is willing to take a pay cut but wants a contract if it were not true? I can't imagine Jamey just making this up to fill pages.

Do you have a better source than Jamey? If so, what did they tell you?

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THIS IS ALL SHADES OF WRONG AND I'M READY TO TAKE ON ALL YOU NAYSAYERS!!! LOL...

Smitty, I got your back on this one.

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Guys, you are all right. No need to fight. Coffee_Junkie is referencing the first round of talks, where Scott reportedly did balk at taking a pay cut. Sony then offered her recurring. When she refused that, she was written out. A temporary deal was reached, and that deal has since expired. Scott is now reportedly willing to take the cut, but Sony is said to be only offering recurring. If you remember from Dee and Drake the news staggered too. They cut one, then the other...

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Thank you Seasons...

People thought I got worked up over EB, they haven't seen anything cause Melody Thomas Scott that is my girl and I gotta stick up for her especially when she is willing to take the paycut.

Honestly I just want all this to work out for EB and MTS. Like someone said in another thread all the corporate drama seems to be going on behind the scenes instead of on our screen. Sigh...all I want for Christmas is for this to work out...LOL

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Where did I say Jamey was lying? I said that the SOURCE was. "Melody is willing to take the substantial pay cut Sony wants her to take, but she wants a contract," says a source." It wouldn't be the first time MTS turned around and made it seem that somehow, she is being "wronged" in all of this.

And Jamey, I think your #8 response is right on the money. That's undoubtedly exactly what's going on.

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This is crazy. I think that EB was right that Sony wanted to get rid of him for a while and now they want MTS on recurring? Hell To the Naw, LOL. They really want the show to go the way GL has. Angry

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If she's willing to take a huge paycut, the least Sony could do is give her a contract!

Sony really needs to be careful here. I don't think they should be looking at the Days situation to guage what will happen to them. Just because Days lucked out, doesn't mean Y&R will too. Now Days has Crystal Chappell who, along with her Otalia fanbase, helped increase their ratings even more. What big name is Y&R getting to help with Victor leaving? The Dad from Boy Meets World? He's no Crystal Chappell!

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What big name is Y&R getting to help with Victor leaving? The Dad from Boy Meets World? He ain't no Crystal Chappell.

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I hate to keep beating a "dead" horse but I can honestly say that VICTORIA ROWELL is the answer. It's time to bring her back. Y&R doesn't have as many former breakout stars from there history. They have kept a lot of the breakout characters on the show in some capacity. There are maybe about five characters/actors they could bring back to help stabilize the hit of losing Victor/Nikki.

Coffee_Junkie I will play nice. As you can see, I just love my MTS and can get a little carried away when talking about her on the threads. LOL

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Did any of you read the last part of this article which states "Sony could care less about angry fans online" so I wouldn't get to rowdy at what they are doing over at Sony....please! They are going to do what they want to do and we would spend our precious time barking at who right and who wrong....again please!

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I am amused by people who claim Braeden and MTS are divas. IT's obvious that Sony decided they were expendable, and they were going to do whatever they could to drive them out. IF you really want someone to stay, you don't start the "renegotiation" phase via email. This is an actor who has given 30 years to your program. An actor (who by all accounts) was one of the first to take a voluntary pay cut. You don't write a story that vilifies Victor so that if Eric Braeden returns, he will be forever hated. This was done consciously because they wanted him gone. They chose the two people who aren't as well liked as other castmates to do this to.

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^^^Painting them as victims, YET AGAIN. Whateva!!

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Damn that Sony! Those bastards ain't horsing around!

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I have to co-sign with Coffee_Junkie on this one. They were only asked to take pay cuts. They still have/had jobs. Good paying ones at that.

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season1217 I'm with you if they try this mess with Jeannie it is ON! You know I'm actually starting to worry about Y&R sure Days survived without Marlena/John but Days also had other supercouples (cheaper) to rely on. How many characters can take over Y&R after Victor and Nikki leave? I mean I don't want to see Adam become the new head of the show Billy yes but not Adam. It just reminds me of when GL started to get rid of all of there vets.

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I think Jeanne would take the cut. I remember reading in the soap magazines during the Jess Walton drama that Jess asked Cooper for advice, and based on her response (can't remember the exact words) I think she would just ride Y&R out to the end--even if it means making less money.

Sony/tptb are not doing this to be assholes. They literally cannot pay salaries that are in the stratosphere anymore. It would be one thing if soaps were making money, but they are LOSING money.

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That's BS, coffeejunkie. MTS is taking the pay cut, but want a contract, so whats wrong with that? They are forcing the vets out to get cheaper labor and pocket the change.

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Coffee_Junkie,

I apologize for inferring that you thought Jamie was lying.

Still think Sony is doing wrong by MTS.

Y&R is not Days.

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Sony/TPTB are being azzholes here. It's not about what they are asking for, it's about how they are doing it.

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Maybe MTS and EB wouldn't have to take pay cuts if the writers were writing better s\l's. I cannot imagine Y&R w\o MTS and EB. I won't even watch Y&R right now b\c of s\l's. The show is way to dark and the writing is getting worst. Maybe MTS and EB are catching a break leaving the show.