In season 2, ‘Bridgerton’ is ‘biding adieu’ to star Regé-Jean Page.
Regé-Jean Page’s “Bridgerton” saga has concluded.
According to a statement released Friday via the series’ official Twitter, the Netflix show’s breakout star, who played Simon Basset, aka the Duke of Hastings, will not return for the sophomore season.
“While all attention is focused on Lord Anthony Bridgerton’s quest for a Viscountess, we bid farewell to Regé-Jean Page, who played the Duke of Hastings with such triumph,” read the statement, which was digitally printed in Lady Whistledown’s Society Papers.
“We’ll miss Simon’s on-screen appearance, but he’ll still be a Bridgerton family member,” the statement added.
Though the comment would undoubtedly disappoint many fans, it confirms Simon and Daphne’s (Phoebe Dynevor) happily ever after, as well as the latter’s on-screen presence.
“Daphne will continue to be a devoted wife and sister, assisting her brother in navigating the upcoming social season and all it has to give — more suspense and romance than my readers may bear,” the statement teased.
The duke’s story is mostly set in the first of Julia Quinn’s “Bridgerton” novels, which served as the show’s inspiration, so the news came as no surprise to readers who are aware that each episode focuses on a different sibling’s romance.
“It’s a one-season arc,” Page explained to Variety of the early discussions he and producers had. “It’s going to have a beginning, middle, and end — give us a year.” The actor was drawn to the concept because it “felt like a limited series,” which would allow him to “contribute my bit” before the rest of the cast “rolls on.”
“Keep in mind that the Duke is never far away. He’s just waiting to be binge-watched once more,” producer Shonda Rhimes wrote on Instagram following the report.