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Richard Burgi is exiting The Young and the Restless as Ashland Locke. The actor took to his Instagram stories to set the record straight regarding his departure.
Here's what he said:
“I’m here in Southern California and I hope wherever you are you are having a good one. I was just about to take a swim in the ocean and I looked something up on Google and I found an article about me getting released by the show by the writers. I just want to set the record straight. My wife had said something about [my exit] 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 somewhere around Christmas at my niece’s house and visiting my 97-year-old mom. I took the necessary five days that the CDC [Center for Disease Control] recommended.”
He continued to share the story, "not within the show’s guidelines, which is a 10-day protocol. So, I inadvertently violated the show’s COVID rules and protocols. I feel terrible about it. I still do. It bothers me mightily but it is what it is. I respect the show’s decision. They’re doing the best they can. We all are. I truly wish the gentleman coming in to play Ashland a wonderful time. He’s going to be working with the most incredible actress (Amelia Heinle, Victoria, Ashland’s bride) and a great, great cast. It’s an amazing show. I have nothing but good memories…”.