Regé-Jean Page, the smoldering breakout star of Netflix's Bridgerton, will not return to the series for its second season—a decision surely breaking hearts and sparking confusion all across the ton.
Netflix announced the news in a statement on the official Bridgerton Instagram account, where a note from Lady Whistledown said the show would "bid adieu" to Page as the story shifts its focus to Lord Anthony Bridgerton (Jonathan Bailey) and his muttonchops on their quest to find love. The first season focused on Page's Simon Basset, AKA the Duke of Hastings, and Phoebe Dynevor's Daphne Bridgerton, Anthony's younger sister.
Read the statement below.
“Dear Readers, While all eyes turn to Lord Anthony Bridgerton’s quest to find a Viscountess, we bid adieu to Regé-Jean Page, who so triumphantly played the Duke of Hastings. We’ll miss Simon’s presence onscreen, but he will always be a part of the Bridgerton family. Daphne will remain a devoted wife and sister, helping her brother navigate the upcoming social season and what it has to offer – more intrigue and romance than my readers may be able to bear."
The narrative of the series is expected to follow that of Julia Quinn's Bridgerton novels, which focus on a different sibling of the Bridgerton family in each book. Past reports had hinted that Page and Dynevor could continue to appear in the series together, at least as supporting characters as Simon and Daphne continue to grow thier relationship, which makes today's news, that Page will not appear in the second season at all, a total shock. Dynevor, however, will still reprise her role as Daphne.
Page addressed his exit on Twitter, writing, "Pleasure and a privilege! An honour to be a member of the family - on and off screen, cast, crew and incredible fans - the love is real and will just keep growing."
You Grace, you, your favorite spoon, and your impossibly smoky voice will be missed.
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