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First Look at New Ashland Locke as Robert Newman Makes 'Y&R' Debut Next Week

Young and the Restless fans will finally see the new Ashland Locke in action next week. Soap veteran Robert Newman will soon make his debut on the hit CBS soap, taking over for Richard Burgi.

Fans have been anticipating Newman's first scene on Y&R. Many are curious to know how the story will transition, making way for his character as the new Ashland Locke.

Young and the Restless: When Is Robert Newman's Debut?

It looks like the long wait is finally over for avid fans of Ashland Locke's character on Y&R as actor Richard Newman takes over soon. The veteran actor confirmed his first appearance on the series is on February 9.

It's bittersweet news for some viewers of the show. While Newman makes a great addition to the CBS soap, Richard Burgi's exit is equally a great loss.

Previously, the former General Hospital actor confirmed that he was booted from Young and the Restless due to the show's COVID-19 safety protocol violation. Burgi made it clear that he respects and accepts their decision despite his firing.

Young and the Restless: Richard Newman

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Robert Newman Gushes at Amelia Heinle

It seems the new Ashland Locke is already fond of Victoria Newman (Amelia Newman). The Y&R actor has nothing but good words about his co-star, with whom he will likely work closely the most.

"I already adore her," Robert Newman said. "She's really terrific, and she's a professional through and through, and she's been very generous and patient, and we are finding all sorts of really surprising connections between these two characters already."

Young and the Restless: Richard Newman

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Y&R: First Look at Robert Newman as Ashland Locke on Set

Meanwhile, several photos on Young and the Restless set show Robert Newman as the new Ashland Locke. The actor definitely suits the character, as seen in recently released images.

There were also photos of Newman with Amelia Heinle, marking the first time for Victoria and the new Ashland to be together. It's clear that the two have strong chemistry. It'll be interesting to see them in more scenes together soon.

So far, it's still unknown if Ashland will still be romantically involved with Victoria. The current Mr. Locke has yet to be officially written off the show, so it's hard to say how the story will transition.

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