Actor Richard Burgi says he was fired from CBS’s “The Young and the Restless” for violating COVID-19 protocols.
The actor took to his Instagram story on Tuesday to reveal that he “naively and inadvertently violated the show’s COVID policy.”
Burgi, 63, admitted in his now-expired social media video that he “felt bad about it,” according to Variety.
“I always do. It bothers me a lot but it’s like that. I respect whatever the show’s decision is. They are doing their best, like all of us,” Burgi added.
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The actor shared that he tested positive for COVID-19 around the Christmas holidays. He waited five days before returning to the set, citing the new deadlines announced by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) at the end of December.
He tested negative twice at the studio and “reported for work,” he said.
However, he revealed that his five-day quarantine “was not within the guidelines of the show, which is a 10-day protocol.”
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“So I inadvertently violated the show’s COVID rules and protocols,” he concluded.
Burgi has held the recurring role of Ashland Locke in the soap opera since last March.
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Representatives for CBS and “The Young and the Restless” did not immediately return Fox News’ request for comment.
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