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'Young & the Restless' Fired Richard Burgi for Violating COVID-19 Safety Policy - Here's His Explanation

'Young & the Restless' Fired Richard Burgi for Violating COVID-19 Safety Policy - Here's His Explanation

Richard Burgi, who portrayed the role of Ashland Locke on The Young and the Restless for less than a year, revealed the reason why he was just recently fired from the show.

The actor – who you also may recognize from his work on Desperate Housewives and General Hospital – explained what happened on his social media.

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Richard explained that he inadvertently violated the show’s COVID-19 safety policy. He tested positive for COVID over the holidays and followed the CDC’s recent recommendation of a five-day isolation period. However, the show has a 10 day isolation requirement.

“I felt terrible about it,” he explained. “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.”

He added that he “took the necessary five days the CDC had recommended, came back, and then tested twice negatively at the studio… and showed up to work, but was not within the show’s guidelines, which is a 10-day protocol. So I inadvertently violated the show’s Covid rules and protocols.”

Richard‘s character will now be recast and be played by Guiding Light actor Robert Newman.

It’s unclear if Richard was vaccinated against COVID or not. You can see a list of some of the celebs who have refused the COVID vaccine so far.

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