The period drama hit Netflix last December and has since gone on to be a huge hit.
Bridgerton fans were left heartbroken after Regé-Jean Page officially announced he was leaving the series after just one season. The Netflix series is set to start filming season 2 without its breakout star who played Simon Basset, the Duke of Hastings. The decision was announced on the show's Instagram and Twitter pages. The post was a letter written by Lady Whistledown and read, "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 also thanked Regé-Jean Page for his role in the series. "We'll miss Simon's presence onscreen, but he will always be a part of the Bridgerton family," reported People. The series hit Netflix last December and has since gone on to be a huge hit.
While Regé-Jean Page departs, the makers confirmed the Duke's love interest Daphne Bridgerton, played by Phoebe Dynevor, will continue in the series. "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." After the Instagram message was posted, Page addressed the news on his own account. The 31-year-old posted an image of himself as the Duke on a horse, writing, "The ride of a lifetime. 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 — it's all been beyond anything I could have imagined. The love is real and will just keep growing."
Bridgerton is a period drama based on author Julia Quinn's book series. Dynevor's character Daphne Bridgerton and Page's character pretend to be in a relationship to achieve their own ends. While Daphne wants to find love, Simon, who's determined to not marry, wants to continue his bachelor lifestyle. The Netflix series was created by Chris Van Dusen and produced by Shonda Rhimes, who wrote, "Remember: the Duke is never gone. He's just waiting to be binge-watched all over again."
After its phenomenal success, the series was renewed for a second season in January. The new season will center around Lord Anthony Bridgerton, played by Jonathan Bailey, and his attempts to find a wife. Simone Ashley will play his love interest, Kate Sharma. When news of the second season's plot surfaced earlier this year, there were questions about what would happen to the characters played by Page and Dynevor. The show creator Van Dusen had publicly said that he had hoped to see both of them return for season two. "They are now, of course, the Duke and Duchess of Hastings, but in my mind, they will always be Bridgertons and I think they will always be part of the show," said Van Dusen.
Page had mentioned that he viewed his character's story as fit for one season. “It’s a one-season arc. It’s going to have a beginning, middle, end — give us a year,” Page told Variety. "It felt like a limited series. I get to come in, I get to contribute my bit, and then the Bridgerton family rolls on,” he said. While Page departs the Netflix series, he has a string of movies lined up including The Gray Man and Dungeons & Dragons. There have also been rumors of Page taking over as James Bond, after Daniel Craig, who will be stepping down later this year. It would also make him the first Black James Bond.