Actor and Montclair native Richard Burgi has been fired from soap opera “The Young and the Restless” after breaking COVID protocols, he announced in an Instagram Live post this week.
“I felt terrible about it,” Burgi said in a message posted to Instagram Live on Jan. 11, as quoted by Variety and others. The message was no longer visible as of Friday, Jan. 14. “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.”
Burgi had said in the message that he tested positive for coronavirus around Christmas, and returned to the set after five days. He first tested negative twice before coming back, he said. The CDC, in an update to its guidance last month, said people who test positive for coronavirus should isolate for five days if they are asymptomatic or their symptoms are resolving, and then continue wearing masks for another five days to risk infecting others.
But the show’s own protocols call for 10 days away, Burgi said in the message, He said he inadvertently broke those rules.
Variety also reported sources with the CBS soap opera separately confirmed Burgi was no longer employed by the show.
Burgi was born in 1958 in Montclair, according to his profile on IMDB.com. He participated in community theater throughout his youth and graduated from Montclair High School. He’s had roles on soap operas “Another World,” “Days of our Lives,” “General Hospital” and “As the World Turns,” and appeared in one episode of “One Life to Live.” He’s also appeared in several other programs including “24,” “Desperate Housewives” and “One Tree Hill,” and in several movies.
On “The Young and the Restless,” he played Ashland Locke, in a recurring role that began last year.
— Louis C. Hochman