‘The Young and the Restless’ Actor Richard Burgi Fired After “Inadvertently” Violating COVID Policy

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The Young and the Restless actor Richard Burgi has been fired from the CBS cleaning soap opera after inadvertently violating the present’s COVID protocol by returning to set too quickly after contracting the virus. The actor has portrayed businessman Ashland Locke on the present since March, 2021.

Burgi confirmed the information in a Jan. 11 Instagram Live video, explaining that he examined constructive for COVID whereas visiting household “back East over Christmas.” The actor mentioned that he “took the necessary five days the CDC had recommended, came back, and then tested twice negatively at the studio.”

However, Y&R nonetheless has a 10-day COVID isolation  protocol, which Burgi was fired for violating (per The Wrap). “I inadvertently violated the show’s COVID rules and protocols,” he added. “I feel terrible about it. I still do. It bothers me mightily but it is what it is.”

According to Soap Opera Digest, former Guiding Light actor Robert Newman will formally substitute Burgi as Ashland subsequent month. In his latest Instagram Live, Burgi gave his blessing to whoever portrays the character subsequent. “I truly wish the gentleman who’s coming in to play Ashland a wonderful time,” he mentioned. “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.”

The Young and the Restless airs weekdays on CBS.

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