In a post to his Instagram Story on Tuesday (January 9), Burgi said he had “naively” broken the rules and had subsequently been removed from the show.
Explaining that he had tested positive for COVID-19 after he visited family over Christmas, Burgi said that he “took the necessary five days” to quarantine – as recommended by the CDC. He then says he took two negative tests at the studio before returning to work.
“But that was not within the show’s guidelines, which was a 10-day protocol,” said Burgi. “I felt terrible about it and still do.”
The 63-year-old is the latest soap star to be fired over defiance or failure to adhere to COVID-19 policies. Both Steve Burton and Ingo Rademacher were removed from ABC’s General Hospital after refusing to take the vaccine.
Burgi has portrayed Ashland Locke in The Young and the Restless since March 2021.
The role of Locke has now been recast, with Robert Newman taking over the character.