‘Young and the Restless’ Actor Says He Was Fired for “Naively” Violating COVID Policy

Actor Richard Burgi claims he was fired from CBS’s The Young and the Restless after “inadvertently” breaking the show’s COVID-19 policy.

Burgi announced his departure from the show on January 9, less than a year after joining the long-running daytime drama. The part of media magnate Ashland Locke on The Young and the Restless was promptly recast with Guiding Light veteran Robert Newman, who will make his debut on the program later this week.

Burgi, a veteran soap actor, and former Desperate Housewives cast member said he tested positive for COVID-19 during the holidays and “took the obligatory five days” of quarantine prescribed by the CDC. He claimed to have obtained negative tests at the show’s studios on two consecutive days before reporting to work.

Burgi is one of a handful of soap opera performers who have been fired for failing to follow their companies’ pandemic policies. Ingo Rademacher and Steve Burton were fired from ABC’s General Hospital after failing to comply with the production’s vaccine mandate; Rademacher later sued ABC after being denied a religious exemption to the mandate.


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