Fans of “Bridgerton” are disappointed to learn one of their favourite stars isn’t returning.
On Friday, Netflix confirmed that breakout star Regé-Jean Page will not be appearing in the show’s upcoming second season.
“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 streamer said in a statement. “We’ll miss Simon’s presence onscreen, but he will always be a part of the Bridgerton family.”
Your Grace, it has been a pleasure. 💜🐝 pic.twitter.com/kX1nIG8pz7
— Bridgerton (@bridgerton) April 2, 2021
The first season’s other lead star, Phoebe Dynevor, will be returning for season 2, though, which shift’s focus to her character Daphne’s brother Anthony as he pursues a suitable marriage.
Season 2 will be based largely on the second book in author Julia Quinn’s series, The Viscount Who Loved Me.
Page on Twitter said that starring in the show’s first season was a “please and a privilege.”
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 ❤️💫 https://t.co/YBk4RvKNpx
— Regé-Jean Page (@regejean) April 2, 2021
Meanwhile, on Twitter, fans reacted with shock.
— Foxy +1 (@yosoymichael) April 2, 2021
oh regé jean page took the role knowing it was just gonna be a season long? his agent is excellent then my god
— paulˣ (@dearapriII) April 2, 2021
Wait, Rege Jean-Page isn’t gonna be in the next Bridgerton??? pic.twitter.com/ik87rVMRID
— pink moscato princess 👑 (MaMoyo🇿🇼) (@siffyxo) April 2, 2021
And so did “Bridgerton”‘s celebrity fans:
On the most recent episode of “Last Week Tonight”, host John Oliver said, “His character’s arc is mostly wrapped up and he does not appear in the rest of the novels. It’s really a generational story of the whole family. And also, you could absolutely lose the Duke. It is actually perfectly in his character to start something he doesn’t finish.”
Kim Kardashian took to the comments section on the official Bridgerton Netflix account’s announcement post: “Wait!!! WHAT????”
— Dionne Warwick (@dionnewarwick) April 3, 2021
— The Drew Barrymore Show (@DrewBarrymoreTV) April 2, 2021
— Sunny Hostin (@sunny) April 2, 2021