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Melody Thomas Scott's 35 Years On Y&R Celebration Featuring Heartfelt Speeches From Joshua Morrow, Eric Braeden … and Melody!

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Earlier this week, the iconic Melody Thomas Scott of The Young and the Restless celebrated her 35th anniversary as the indomitable Nikki Newman with a heartfelt on set celebration that was attended by her cast mates, crew, CBS network brass, show co-creator Lee Phillip Bell, and invited guests, press, and family members.

Any Melody event would not be complete without an ode to Melody’s favorite show, “I Love Lucy”, and that was done via a very special cake made for the ceremony, plus there were some very special pictures of Melody over the years at Y&R that served as the backdrop.

The festivities kicked-off with current Y&R executive producer, Jill Farren Phelps saying a few words in honor of Melody and then what followed were some heartfelt, and often times emotional speeches, that also came with the perfect amount of a dash of humor to strike the balance of the afternoon celebration.  Melody’s on-screen son, Joshua Morrow (Nick) next addressed the crowd on the CBS soundstage and shared his thoughts on the day’s honoree! 

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JOSHUA MORROW:  The first time I met Mel, and I don’t know if she remembers this, but Nikki was coming in hammered staggering into a church.  And Marnie Saitta (former, Y&R casting director) walked me in and said, “That’s going to be your mom,” and Mel as Nikki was a mess, but I thought, “She’s hot!”  (Laughs)  The next day I worked,  she invited me into her dressing room to talk and to meet me.  I, just straight off the bus from Oklahoma, did not realize how you should treat a woman in Hollywood, and I asked her how old she was!  Melody said, “Why don’t you guess?”  I didn’t know how the game was played and so I guessed and nailed it! And she looked at me and said, “Most people guess much younger.”  There was like an uncomfortable nine seconds.  So then she said, “I’m just messing with you.”  (Laughs)   Melody has always been my second mother.  She gave me and my wife Tobe one of the coolest things ever.  She asked me if she could throw my wife a baby shower, and I was like “cool”.  And it turned out to be this ginormous party! We were really touched that you did that for us and I will never, ever forget it.  The fact that you don’t have ten Daytime Emmys is a joke to me.  You are incredible, and I am completely honored to play your son.  I remember at one point I said to her, “I can’t call you Mel anymore, I want to call you “Mom”’, and she said, “I would be upset if you didn’t.”   I love this woman.  Thank you so much for all that you have taught me, and I love you.

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Next, long time scene partner Eric Braeden (Victor) who along with Melody for decades has created The Young and the Restless most enduring supercouple Victor and Nikki, spoke emotionally and with tears at how much working with her has meant to him. 

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ERIC BRAEDEN:   34 years I have known Melody, and the thing is about this business is we work together and then we each go home, and we don’t really get to know each other that well.  And yet, when we work together, I feel at home.   I remember the first time that Bill Bell had written a scene where Nikki asks Victor about his childhood, and after doing that scene I knew I was going to stay at Y&R because it allowed me, and it allowed her, to show vulnerability. That is the secret to success in this business, pure and simple. I have never found that with anyone else on this show as much as with Melody.  So I want to thank you for over 30 years of wonderful working conditions. I think somewhere along the line … we love each other.

Finally, the woman of the hour, and of the last 35 years in Genoa City, who has given so much and breathed life into Nikki Newman addressed the guests.  In an emotional beginning, Melody shared a part of her difficult childhood, and how Y&R has truly become her family.   She then shared how becoming Nikki on Y&R has changed her life in more ways than one.

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MELODY THOMAS SCOTT:  In February 1979, the most prolific writers in television, Lee and Bill Bell decided that I would be a suitable replacement for the actress playing Nikki Newman. I had never seen this show called The Young and the Restless, but it was a job and I knew I could pay my rent for the next 13 weeks, and I got to spend my time in my haven … a soundstage.  My life was definitely continuing to improve, not only did their decision give me a job, but it also eventually gave me my husband, Edward Scott, 28 years and counting, and my perfect glorious children … and then later two grandchildren.  And most of all friends, who are most definitely my family  All the wonderful people standing here right now, you don’t know this, but you contribute to the joy that surges through me every time I walk through this building – everyone of you – cast mates, crew, staff, all of you.  I might be tired or snappy, or worried that I haven’t learned my lines yet, but just your simple, “Morning Mel” it warms my heart.  Your love and support, and you humor, brightens my day in more ways that I can ever express.  And as lovely as this celebration is for me, it’s for all of you and my wonderful fans.  What you all have given me; I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world, not even an Emmy. (Laughs)  None of this would be possible without the continued love and support of CBS, Sony, and the Bell family.  I must thank the ones who started it all the beloved Lee and Bill Bell.  I am sure you were unaware at just how you changed my life that day.  But you all … thank you for this life, a life, my life, and my family.  I love you all so much!

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So, what do you think about the speeches made by Joshua, Eric and Melody on this incredible milestone?  Share your thoughts below! And be on the lookout for more from the party in the days ahead!

 

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Mary SF
Mary SF

Sometimes there is so much negative stuff to dwell on it is nice to be reminded that love, friendship and respect still exists– and Mel seems to have inspired it and appreciates it– so congrats on 35 years–

side note– I didn’t know she replaced someone else, I thought she was the one and only Nikki– does anyone remember or know who the actress she replaced was?

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

I briefly watched the show in the late 70s(no recording back then so id switch back and forth with another show) when it was about the Brooks sisters…i couldnt remember who the original Niki was so i googled it and she was Erica Hope. i never really followed the show(i watch off and on)…i just like to tune in back then to see those hot Brook sisters!!!

heidi
heidi

Well said Mary SF!!! I thought it was incredibly heartfelt and just shows how close they people get working day in and day out with all the emotions that they play. She is a lovely lady and I hope she is on for many more years!

ethel
ethel

i could really feel & sense real emotion in melody & joshua’s speech – eric’s speech not so much…………….jmo

Mo
Mo

Joshua’s speech is really heartfelt.

David
David

Erica Hope. As I dimly recall she had a less warm take on the role than what Melanie brought to it.

Johnny
Johnny

Melanie who?

wolfsmistress
wolfsmistress

Everybody all together now …

Aaaaaawwwwwwww……

Congrats, Ms Thomas-Scott, on 35 wonderful years of bringing Nikki to the fans. And BTW, what the heck is your secret? I swear, we started out the same age, but you look marvelous and me … well, let’s just not mention that! 🙂
wolfy

4everDAYS
4everDAYS

I’m not a fan of Y&R, but I have seen MTS in a couple movies. She played young Marnie in Alfred Hitchcock’s Marnie. Her scenes were with Bruce Dern and Louise Latham. Those scenes revealed why Marnie grew up with a hatred for men. Tippi Hedren was adult Marnie. The movie has a better likeness now then it did in 1964.

mary jonas
mary jonas

love her so much. 35 years. wow wow wow. we’re all aging together! great work through the years MTS.

MJ
MJ

I remember when Melody replaced Erica! Erica wasn’t on very long at all. Her story never really got hot and heavy until Melody came aboard.

dessky
dessky

I think she is wonderful! Started watching about 5 years ago and its my favorite soap

Barbara
Barbara

They all sort of spoke for all of out here. They are our extend family, and we love them. We look forward to seeing them every weekday, The fact that they are acting is not important — we are the invisible family members on the set. Love to all.

Mo
Mo

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!

NAD
NAD

UN PETIT COUCOU DE FRANCE POUR DIRE FELICITATION DEPUIS DES ANNEES QUI NOUS FAIT TOUT LES JOURS DE VOUS SUIVRE ET QUE D AMITIEES A VOUS MELODY AINSI QUE TOUTE L EQUIPE DE Y&R MERCI

Bonnie Lee
Bonnie Lee

I met Mel on a visit to Toronto a couple of years ago and she was as lovely and as beautiful as you see on Y&R. She was incredibly friendly to me and my daughter and my granddaughter and took pictures with all of us. She even remembered tweeting with us. She is a darling woman and I have always loved “Nikki”. Its nice to see that Mel is just as lovely as Nikki! Happy 35 years Mel and many more!

dmr
dmr

I think Melody Thomas Scott gets more and more beautiful. She’s timeless. Great actress. To 35 more great years! Congratulations; and I Love Lucy is one of my all-time favorite shows, too!

kalamaty
kalamaty

What a wonderful tribute; and so well deserved! MY GOD, why doesn’t she have an EMMY!!??? It’s completely ludicrous. Melody/Nikki is a daytime GODDESS! Congratulations to her!!

Sandra
Sandra

HAPPY BIRTHDAY. YOUR JUST AS BEAUTIFUL NOW AS YOU WERE WHEN YOU FIRST STARTED Y&R.

Gia
Gia

Happy Anniversary to Melody Thomas Scott.

It is truly wonderful to hear all of the heartfelt wishes and respect from your fellow castmates.

I am a long time viewer of the show, having watched the first episode when I was on spring break from school!

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Two more stars very familiar to daytime audiences have been added to the continual growing cast of the digital drama series, The Bay. 

Now comes word that Daytime Emmy-winner, Sean Blakemore (Ex-Shawn Butler, General Hospital) who can currently be seen in the motion picture Ad Astra with Brad Pitt is coming to Bay City.  Sean will take on the role of Tony Foster, a character who makes a visit in an effort to “save the day”.

In addition to that casting announcement, former Days of our Lives star, Gilles Marini (Ex-Ted Laurent) will also be showing up.  Marini is also known for his work on Sex and the City, Devious Maids and Brothers & Sisters. 

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The Bay’s creator. Gregori J Martin expressed his excitement on the casting news sharing: “Sean and Gilles are absolute pros! Such a true honor to work with both gentlemen and have them a part of The Bay family!”

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According to the log lines and publisher notes: “In Nothing General About It, Maurice looks back to his youth in a small town and his tenuous relationship with his father. He describes how his bipolar disorder began to surface in childhood, how he struggled to understand the jolting mood swings he experienced, and how a doctor finally saved his life. For years Maurice was relentless in his goal to be a successful actor. But even after he “made it,” he still grappled with terrifying lows, breakdowns, and setbacks, all while trying desperately to maintain his relationship with his wife, who endured his violent, unpredictable episodes. Maurice holds nothing back as he bravely talks about what it was like to be medicated and institutionalized, and of how he learned to manage his manic episodes while on the set of GH. 

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That week featured the debut of One Life to Live icon, Robin Strasser in her debut on DAYS as Vivian Alamain replacing Louise Sorel.

DAYS topped General Hospital for the week moving into third place adding +82,000 total viewers, while GH hit a new low losing – 143,000 viewers, as well, the CBS Daytime series of The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful also lost total viewers … -189,000 and -120,000 for the ratings period.

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Total Viewers
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2. B&B 3,196,000 (-189,000/-87,000)
3. DAYS 2,123,000 (+82,000/-30,000)
4. GH 2,023,000 (-143,000/-297,000)

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