Everyone was wondering why Nikki had the sudden case of the shaky hands when she was trying to play the piano on an episode this week on The Young and the Restless. Well on today’s episode, it has been revealed that Nikki has been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis! TV Guide Magazine’s Michael Logan went straight to the source, Nikki’s portrayer, Y&R icon Melody Thomas Scott to get her thoughts and view point on Nikki’s latest plight!
From what you will gather from reading the interview, Nikki’s newly diagnosed MS will be a story about living with the disease, not dying from it. Here are a few excepts from the interview below!
Melody on how she found out that Nikki would deal with Multiple Sclerosis: “I did have a sit-down meeting, a little three-way with head writer Josh Griffith and executive producer Jill Phelps. They wanted to know how I felt about the idea, and I told them I thought it was great. Josh didn’t know I used to play piano on Y&R way back when, so he decided to revive that and use it to show the beginnings of Nikki’s symptoms — the shaky hands, the cramping, the feeling you’ve got arthritis. “
Melody on if she thinks this story is a big bummer, or Debbie Downer!: “Nikki is a bummer. She’s all about misfortune and tragedy and always has been. Her back problems several years ago were horribly debilitating and that led her to addiction. It’s always something with her! I’ve think Josh is a wonderful writer and he’s never given me any reason not to trust him. And I love Jill. All of those horrible stories we heard when she was hired — “Watch out, the wicked witch is coming!” — were ridiculous. I don’t see any evidence of what those people were talking about. She’s a doll. They’ve both been very good to me.”
So soapers, what do you think about Nikki developing Multiple Sclerosis? Are you intrigued by the story and its ability to shed light on MS? Weigh-in!