Richard Burgi, who played Ashland Locke on the CBS soap opera The young and the restless, was fired. The actor addressed his departure in a live Instagram post on Tuesday.
According to Burgi, his termination was because he had “naively and inadvertently” violated the show’s mandatory COVID-19 safety protocols.
“I felt terrible about it,” Burgi shared in his video. “I still do. It bothers me a lot, but it is what it is.”
The actor explained that he tested positive for COVID-19 just before Christmas and then waited the CDC-recommended guideline of five days before returning to the set. Upon his return, he claimed he “tested negative twice at the studio and showed up for work.”
However, despite the CDC’s updated timeframe, the show’s official protocols call for 10-day isolation based on the CDC’s previous guidelines for those who have tested positive.
“So I inadvertently broke the show’s COVID rules and protocols,” Burgi explained, adding, “I respect the show’s decision. They are doing their best, as are we all.”
Since March 2021, Burgi has portrayed Ashland Locke in The Young and the Restless. Reportedly recast since then With example Former Robert Newman.
Reference from etonline