Richard Burgi Reveals Why He Was Fired From The Young And The Restless

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Mere days after Richard Burgi announced that he was leaving The Young and the Restless (Y&R), the actor has shared another video in which he reveals the reason for his firing.

“I just wanted to set the record straight,” Burgi said on an Instagram story. “My wife had said something about it being the show’s choice, which is true. But the reality is I naively and inadvertently violated the show’s COVID policy.”

“I was back east over Christmas and tested positive,” the actor continued, noting that he was visiting family – including his 97-year-old mother. “I took the necessary five days the CDC recommended, came back, and then went and tested negatively at the studio and showed up for work.”

Unfortunately, Burgi’s compliance with the CDC didn’t mean that he was in compliance with his network, CBS.

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“But it was not within the show’s guidelines, which is a ten-day protocol,” Burgi explained. “So I inadvertently violated the show’s COVID rules and protocols. I felt terrible about it… I still do.”

“It bothers me mightily, but it is what it is,” Burgi summed up. “I respect whatever the show’s decision is. They’re doing the best they can, as we all are.”

Handling the disappointment with all of the poise and articulation that Y&R fans have come to expect from Ashland Locke, Burgi also wished his replacement, Robert Newman, good luck portraying the business tycoon.

“I truly wish the gentleman who’s coming in to play Ashland a wonderful time,” he expressed. “He’s gonna be working with the most incredible actress and a great, great cast.”

“It’s an amazing show,” he added. “I have nothing but good memories and good wishes for it.”

Let’s hope that another daytime drama nets this gracious talent soon!

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