Lynette Rice
June 19, 2011 AT 12:00 PM EDT

Encouraging news for fans of Nikki Newman, aka Melody Thomas Scott, who Tweeted earlier this month that she’s off The Young and the Restless and doesn’t know when she’ll be back on the CBS drama. The drama’s head writer told the press Sunday at the Daytime Emmys that Scott’s absence from the show isn’t as bad as it looks.

“Melody is phenomenal. Of course she will be [with the show] again,” said Maria Bell, who answered questions from the press backstage at the Daytime Emmys Sunday after her staff won for writing the drama. “She’s in a story line where she left town but she will be back. We love Melody. She’s one of the hearts and souls of Young and the Restless. Don’t be worried. She will be back.”

Scott tweeted that her last tape date was April 28 and that she had not received scripts since then, nor had she heard from Y&R.

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