Dionne Warwick has a beef with Lady Whistledown, and she intends to defend us all.
Perhaps no one was more disappointed than the queen of Twitter herself when Regé-Jean Page was announced as not returning to Bridgerton for season two. (Indeed, we are crushed.)
Dionne expressed her disappointment that our reigning internet boyfriend will not return to the Netflix series, which means we will no longer be able to hear Simon tell Daphne, “I burn for you,” except on Saturday Night Live.
On Friday, April 2, the “Heartbreaker” singer tweeted, “No, @regejean! You CANNOT leave me like that. I WILL NOT have it!”
She followed it up with, “I demand a retraction, @bridgerton!!!! I need to hear this news straight from @regejean if this is true,” along with a bunch of unimpressed emojis.
Dionne, 80, included an audio message addressed directly to Lady Whistledown. The Grammy winner can be heard saying, “Now tell me you are lying with that letter you just wrote? About my, uh uh, he cannot be leaving. No way! I will not have it. And I want him to know it. I want you to know it. So I want you to make a retraction of what I just read, OK? I’m serious. I need to hear from him, out of his mouth, OK? Thank you.”
Regrettably, the Duke of Hastings has confirmed the departure. Regé-Jean wrote on Instagram, “It’s been an absolute pleasure and a privilege to be your Duke. Joining this family—not just on screen, but off screen too. Our incredibly creative and generous cast, crew, outstanding fans—all it’s been beyond anything I could have imagined.”
The actor, who is slated to star in The Gray Man with Chris Evans added, “The love is real and will just keep growing.”
Regé-upcoming Jean’s projects notwithstanding, Dionne wants him on Team Bridgerton. Jill Hopkins told her, “You gotta let him go! He’s got James Bond shoes to fill.” Dionne’s response was straightforward: an angry emoji, a unicorn emoji, and the word “No.”
Earlier in the day, the show’s infamous gossip character issued a written statement announcing his departure. “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,” the statement from Lady Whistledown read. “We’ll miss Simon’s presence onscreen, but he will always be a part of the Bridgerton family.”
Fortunately, Daphne (Phoebe Dynevor) will remain in Shondaland for the second season.
However, if you’re already missing Regé-Jean, rest assured that his departure will not be as shocking as you initially believed.
As readers of the books are well aware, the first installment, The Duke and I, focuses on Daphne and Simon. The Viscount Who Loved Me, on the other hand, centers on Daphne’s brother Anthony (Johnathan Bailey) and his search for love.
“It’s a one-season arc. It’s going to have a beginning, middle, end—give us a year,” Regé-Jean told Variety of his conversations when she signed on board. “[I thought] ‘That’s interesting,’ because then it felt like a limited series. I get to come in, I get to contribute my bit and then the Bridgerton family rolls on.”
The first season of Bridgerton is now available on Netflix.