Soap star Richard Burgi fired over COVID-19 protocol violation

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Richard Burgi has been fired from CBS’s “The Young and the Restless.”

The 63-year-old actor stated in an Instagram Live Tuesday that he was let go from the long-running daytime cleaning soap opera as a result of he “inadvertently” violated COVID-19 security protocol.

The New Jersey native defined within the now-expired video (via People) that he examined optimistic for the coronavirus after visiting his household “back East over Christmas” and quarantined for 5 days, per the CDC’s updated guidelines.

He then “tested twice negatively at the studio and showed up to work.”

However, the present’s protocol was to comply with the CDC’s earlier advice, which was to isolate for 10 days, and Burgi was fired because of this.

“I felt terrible about it,” the cleaning soap star stated within the video. “I still do. It bothers me mightily, but it is what it is. I respect whatever the show’s decision is. They’re doing the best they can, as we all are.”

Richard Burgi and Amelia Heinle on the set of "The Young and the Restless."Burgi’s character, Ashland Locke, performed the love curiosity of Amelia Heinle’s character, Victoria.CBS through Getty Images

Burgi was forged in 2021 to play the recurring function Ashland Locke, a strong and ruthless businessman.

Soap Opera Digest reported Tuesday that actor Robert Newman, who appeared on “Guiding Light,” will now take over the half.

“I truly wish the gentleman who’s coming in to play Ashland a wonderful time,” Burgi stated on Instagram. “He’s going to be working with the most incredible actress and a great, great cast. It’s an amazing show. I have nothing but good memories and good wishes for it.”

Reps for Sony, the lead studio on the present, and Burgi didn’t instantly return Page Six’s request for remark. CBS declined to remark.

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