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Guiding Light Favorite Robert Newman is Y&R’s New Ashland Locke

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Major casting news! The Young and the Restless has recast the role of Ashland Locke, previously played by Richard Burgi who has exited the CBS daytime drama series.

According to Soap Opera Digest, longtime Guiding Light veteran, Robert Newman (Ex-Josh Lewis) will be taking over the role.

Look for Robert to begin airing next month in February.

Over the weekend, Burgi announced via his Instagram story that he was no longer with top-rated soap opera.

Newman’s daytime career also included time on Santa Barbara and General Hospital.

So, what do you think of Robert Newman as the Genoa City’s new Ashland Locke? Comment below.

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Michael
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Michael

Well, color me surprised!

Geri Marion
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Geri Marion

Omg….I can’t wait. This is the best soap news in very long time.

Doob
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Doob

Wtf

Drake
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Drake

Not an obvious choice for me. I would have guessed more along the lines of a Gregory Chase or James DePaiva. Great casting nonetheless. Soap legend!

Kenny
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Kenny

Not the same as still having The Guiding Light on air, but will be good to see the former Josh Lewis on Y&R.

Margherita
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Margherita

OMG – I sooooooo wanted for Robert to be the recast. How Y and R did this I have no idea!!! Yes!!!

Margherita
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Margherita

No if only we can get Beth Chamberlin come on board and be Jack’s new love interest (fingers crossed!)

Margherita
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Margherita

Now*

Gary
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Gary

I love Beth Chamberlin, she would be terrific as Jack’s new love interest. Let’s hope you are right. Also hire Kim Zimmer as Lauren Fenmore mother. I would love that.

Owen Chenault
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Owen Chenault

Josh playing a different character now

JJ
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JJ

They are like a month apart in age! Interesting casting news! Robert has a very warm presence on screen.

Jimmy
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Jimmy

I’m really torn with this decision. I’m not impressed with the character of Ashland and was hoping he’d just be written out, even though Richard Burgi is a great actor. He just got saddled with bad writing, and it seemed like the show never knew which direction they wanted to take the character. Robert is also a great actor, and I’m excited he’s back in daytime, but is recasting this role really necessary? Hopefully it turns out well. But then again, Y&R has been extremely lackluster for the past two years, so I’m not expecting much.

davlestev1
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davlestev1

I long ago stopped watching this show regularly after Sally Sussman left again. I do want to see Robert Newman again so I’ll go back in February.

Iakovos
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Iakovos

OMG! Best news in this situation. Please, Y&R, do not goof up this one. I was very glad when Richard Burgi came to Genoa City last year and, despite the storyline that introduced him, delighted in the chemistry he and Amelia Heinle sparked and hoped for some engaging and powerful stories despite the bumps of the character’s backstory. I am happy for this recast. Who doesn’t love Robert Newman?!?!? (I miss my afternoons with all the CBS soaps.) There is potential to track a story of a powerful man who is given a second chance at life and who may… Read more »

Rodd
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Rodd

A lot shocked by this news! I love Robert Newman and think he’s an fantastic actor. Loved him as Josh on GL. But now he’s on Y&R? Are he and Richard Burgi in the same age group? Don’t mean to sound like a hater, but Robert’s too good for Y&R and the mess it is currently in.

Jimmy
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Jimmy

Richard Burgi & Robert Newman are actually the exact same age, both 63!

SZima
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SZima

I’m sure Robert will be fine.
What I want to know is WHY did Richard leave??
And why are they bothering to re-cast the character?
They could have easily ended this dumb storyline and I’m sorry they’re not.

Gary
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Gary

Rumour was Richard was fired, and they had to recast Robert Newman ex Josh Guiding Light.

Echo
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Echo

In that photo, he resembles Bo Buchanan from OLTL. Did not watch GL. From the photo, having trouble understanding what would draw Victoria to him. The exiting Ashland was devilishly handsome…

Steve Ward
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Steve Ward

As much as I liked Richard Burgi, this news is a game-changer and I am glad for it.

Soaphound
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Soaphound

My feelings are mixed. Mr. Newman seems like a nice man but Josh Lewis was not a favorite of mine. I loved Reva and never really got their attraction. I liked Reva with Billy, even H. B. At least they had senses of humor. I think Richard Burgi is a more nuanced actor but he’s leaving. So, I’ll wait and hope for the best. Sometimes we’re pleasantly surprised at who clicks.

Richard
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Richard

Robert Newman is a terrific actor but this will be a bust. I can see no chemistry with Amelia a mile away and the character is a bust. Restless write a story already and stop the stunt casting

Soaphound
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Soaphound

This is what I’m afraid of, Richard. I would have liked to see William DeVry (ex Julian Jerome from GH) in the role. He’s really sexy and plays “ambiguous” very well.

Timmm
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Timmm

William would have been great!

Timmm
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Timmm

Thats why I would put him in a story with Michelle Stafford.

Caress Morell
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Caress Morell

I might start watching y&r again! I love robert. I miss gl to this day. Maybe they can bring a certain southern spitfire on to play ashlands childhood sweetheart….hmmm who could that be??? (Or Beth ehlers!)

Damien
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Damien

Why didnt they keep Richard Burgi in the role!?
Hes the best and only good thing thats happened during this horrible regimes tenure. I loved him and Victorias chemistry
Did Richard quit or was he let go?

Claire
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Claire

He violated the Covid protocol. He was suppose to be quarantined for 10 days and he came back in five days.. So they fired him. No second chance for him. What a shame….

georgewilks
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georgewilks

He will be a great addition to the cast . I wish they would bring Tara back . Now if we could just get a new executive producer and head writer. Anyone who has watched old clips of the show from the 90’s and early 2000’s can see just how bad this show has gone down the drain. It all started with Jill Pharen Phelps!

Caress Morell
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Caress Morell

She ruined every soap she touched

georgewilks
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georgewilks

It was so disappointing when they let MAB go for Jill Pharen Phelps . I stuck with the show out of loyalty but I’m boycotting until a new Exec Producer and Head writer take over . The show looks cheap , the writing is terrible , and the cast they focus on is the least interesting . The show was smart and entertaining a long time ago and now I think my cat could put together a better show . I suspect it will be cancelled soon !

Caress Morell
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Caress Morell

I havent watched since Kay died so I have no idea what the show is like but I suspect from what ive heard that it needs some serious tweaking to get back in line. Too bad at one time that was must see tv I taped it every day.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Just my two cents. As much as I adored Robt. Newman on GL, I can not see him having any chemistry with Victoria and also going toe to toe with Victor and Adam. In other words I’ve never seen him play an S.O.B or anything but a darn nice guy. I would like to see Gregory Harrison, David Hayward or even Steve Burton or William deVry maybe if he isn’t on his way back to Port Charles now that Ned wants to adopt Leo. Julian would not go for that.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Yea I know Vincent Irizarry. I will always think of him as David Hayward.

The other lis
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The other lis

Then you never watched him on Santa Barbara? His tribute to former castrate Lisa Brown was great. Best wishes to him.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

The other lis
Do enlighten me. I loved him on S.B and everything else he’s done. And what do you mean by “former castrate”?

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

The other lis
Sorry, I just re-read your comment and now I think you meant CASTMATE, but I still don’t know what your reference to S.B means. I liked him on everything he’s been in
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Soaphound
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Soaphound

Violet, we’re in synch again. Can you imagine Will DeVry sexing up this show?! WOW, he would make this unholy union palatable. I’ve never been a fan of Mr. Irizarry; his Y&R tenure as David Chow in the 2000s was a train wreck to me. Gregory Harrison is still as great looking as he was on TRAPPER JOHN in the 80s so that would have worked too.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Soaphound
While I like Robt. Newman, I have not seen him in years and I’ve never seen him do the type of stuff Burgi does. Like you said in another comment, maybe he’ll click.

Timmm
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Timmm

Gregory Harrison needs to be hired! Just like another older legend from TV, Max Gail, he was terrific when he had a chance on GH.

Leanne
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Leanne

While I love Robert Newman, I really, really got into Richard Burgi as Ashland Locke. He was handsome, talented and so believable. He held his own against the powerhouse actors on the show. My disappointment is great, and I’m not sure I’ll keep watching. Shows can’t keep jerking fans around and hoping we’ll watch because there are LOADS of other channels and shows to entertain us. We don’t need Y and R when they pull this crap on us.

Char
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Char

I was a big fan of GL I am happy to see Robert Newman again.

Torie
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Torie

Robert Newman in the house!!!! I’m thrilled to get to watch a GL alumni!!! He will be awesome!!!

SHARON JOY ZARROW
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SHARON JOY ZARROW

Remember late Michael Typo was on YR too.He played Blade. I miss him when I lived in New Jersey I met some of the GL cast.good people great actors. Robert will be great on YR.

Karen Speelman
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Karen Speelman

I really liked him. Does anyone know why. I do love Josh. Can’t wait to have him back. Hope I can see him without Reva

Melissa
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Melissa

I’ve always liked Richard Burgi as an actor and felt he was perfect as his character role , Ashland Locke. Wishing him the best! I miss the Guiding Light! Happy to have Robert Newman portray Ashland Locke! Hope they write him in as a permanent cast member!!

Timmm
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Timmm

He will look better as that character. We know he can act. He is popular. It gives a Guiding Light Alum work. He will only need two things to be amazing, better writing and he needs to break away from Victoria. I would love for him and Phyliss to get together. Both are good actors and it finally gets her away from Nick or Jack! Welcome aboard Robert!

Su000
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Robert Newman: Date of Birth June 27, 1958 Age 63 _____ _________________ ______He had his first acting role in 1985 on an episode of General Hospital._____________ The character of Josh was initially introduced as a bad boy of sorts. With the 1983 arrival of Reva Shayne, played by Kim Zimmer, Josh and Reva became a popular “supercouple”. Newman and Zimmer’s characters became a principal couple on the show. Their characters were in the final scene of the show, reciting the final lines of dialogue to each other.____________ In addition to his role on Guiding Light, Newman also played the characters… Read more »

Sue Warrington-Doud
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Sue Warrington-Doud

Don’t like it! Pls keep the old Ashland!!!

Soaphound
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Soaphound

Sue, I think we’re a minority on this but I don’t like the choice of Mr. Newman as Ashland either. I’d have much preferred the sexier, more exciting William DeVry (ex-Julian from GH) or Gregory Harrison, as Timmm said. I always thought Josh Lewis was a downer, especially compared with brother Billy or daddy H.B. To each his own

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Soaphound
I liked Newman back in GL but the characters were not as sophisticated as the Y&R gals. Someone mentioned his daddy was an oil tycoon, but still acted like a good Ole boy, nothing like Victor Newman.including Billy. I keep telling myself it’s just acting and hopefully he’ll be believable as Burgi/V Ashland who is the whole package.

erin Rose connell
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erin Rose connell

yesssssssss Love Robert Newman aka Bud aka Joshua

Debrasue Stillhall
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Debrasue Stillhall

I love the actor from other soap with him that I watch and I think very good actor to work with victoria Newman Locke husband

ME
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ME

LOVED Richard Burgi! Don’t know if I’ll watch anymore.

Cyndee
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Cyndee

I loved him on the Guiding Light! The unfortunate thing is Ashland Locke probably won’t be on Y&R very long since Victor is discovering all the dirt on him

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