Richard Burgi Is Leaving The Young And The Restless: Who Will Be Next Ashland Locke?

Richard Burgi Disclosed Why He Is Leaving The Young and the Restless

Richard Burgi joined the cast of The Young And The Restless in March 2021 as Ashland Locke, a thriving business magnate who migrated to Genoa City. 

Richard was born and raised in Montclair, New Jersey, and started his career in New York City with roles on Another World, One Life to Live, and As the World Turns. He landed his first major role in the television series One West Waikiki opposite Cheryl Ladd, was also the lead of the UPN series, The Sentinel, and is well known for his role of Karl Mayer on Desperate Housewives.

Among his many credits, other films and television roles include Seinfeld, In Her Shoes, Fun with Dick and Jane, Judging Amy, and 24.

Richard lives in the Los Angeles region with his wife and children. He relishes being in the ocean and spending time outdoors with his family in his excess time.

He is an active board member for the Center for Natural Lands Management (CNLM) and a firm advocate of the Pacific Marine Mammal Center and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.

Richard Burgi Is Leaving The Young And The Restless

Richard Burgi surprised the soap world when he announced on his Instagram stories over the weekend that he was leaving his role as Ashland Locke on The Young and the Restless. Now, the actor has retaken to social media to define his motives for the departure.

Richard Burgi Shares Why He’s No Longer Ashland Locke

I’m here in Southern California and I hope wherever you are you are having a good one,” Richard Burgi started in an Instagram story in which Soap Hub was tagged. 

“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,” the actor continues. “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.”

What Happened Over The Christmas

I was back east over Christmas and tested positive somewhere around Christmas [and was] at my niece’s house and visiting my 97-year-old mom,” Richard Burgi explains. 

I took the necessary five days [quarantine] that the CDC [Center for Disease Control] recommended.

Upon his return to Los Angeles, where Y&R tapes, Burgi says he tested twice negatively at the studio and showed up for work to continue his role as Ashland. 

However, he adds, it was “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.”

Richard Burgi Understands the Decision

Burgi says he has no ill will to Y&R for its choice. “I respect the show’s decision,” he adds. “They’re doing the best they can. We all are.” 

As for his successor in part, Robert Newman (ex-Josh Lewis, Guiding Light), Burgi says, “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…” 

At press time, Y&R did not immediately respond to Burgi’s post.

The Young and the Restless (YR) airs weekdays on CBS. 

What Will Happen to Ashland Locke Character Then?

After news broke about Burgi’s exit, The Young and the Restless fans wonder what happens to Ashland, Who will replace Burgi. 

Every since Ashland spoke Victoria, he was dying; fans have wondered if he’s lying. Ashland’s condition will undoubtedly play a role in his release, with the storyline going one of two ways.

Ashland’s been acquiring new treatments, which seem to be helping his disease. However, the treatments could have a contrasting effect. Ashland’s condition could deteriorate, with doctors offering little expectancy in healing.

The other case is that Ashland’s been faking his illness the entire time. He’s a con man and swindled one woman out of money, and Victoria could be his next target. Ashland’s scheme could cost Victoria everything, including her job at Newman Enterprises.

Who Will Be Next Ashland Locke?

According to Soap Opera Digest reports, The Young and the Restless has uncovered its new Ashland Locke: Guiding Light vet Robert Newman will take over the role from Richard Burgi, who announced his exit from the CBS soap just days ago.

The cast will undoubtedly embrace Newman with open arms. At the same time, you are here noticing the aftershocks of this shake-up; orient yourself with our helpful photo gallery that runs through all The Young and the Restless’Most recent cast changes.

No matter how the condition plays out, one thing is sure; Victoria will be heartbroken.

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