The EditorsSat, 3 April 2021, 11:37 am
Actor Regé-Jean Page has responded to the news that he won’t be returning for the second series of hit Netflix show Bridgerton. On 2 April, Netflix announced – via a letter from Lady Whistledown – that his character Simon, the Duke of Hastings, wouldn’t be part of the cast for season two, stating: “We will miss Simon’s presence onscreen, but he will always be a part of the Bridgerton family.”
Page took to social media to share a moving farewell message to the show, referring to the role as “an absolute pleasure and privilege”, and thanking “the incredibly creative and generous cast and crew” as well as the “outstanding fans”.
“The ride of a life time,” he 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 – it’s all been beyond anything I could have imagined. The love is real and will just keep growing.”To view this content, you’ll need to update your privacy settings.Please click here to do so.
He also left a comment on the Instagram post that announced his departure, which was shared on the official Bridgerton account.
“Joining this family – the connection on and off screen, with our cast, our crew, all the incredible fans, has been like nothing I could have ever imagined,” he wrote.To view this content, you’ll need to update your privacy settings.Please click here to do so.
Page starred opposite Phoebe Dynevor in the first season of Bridgerton; the two played the leads Simon and Daphne and the story followed their ensuing romance and marriage.
What makes Bridgerton so uniquely original for a series set in the 18th century is its colour-blind casting, inclusion of the LGBTQ community, celebration of female pleasure, and classical versions of contemporary music – with orchestral covers of Ariana Grande and Billie Eilish.
Based on the first novel from a series of best-selling books from Julia Quinn – and the first scripted product of Shonda Rhimes’ deal with Netflix from her production company, Shondaland – the drama follows the antics of the Bridgerton family and is narrated by the elusive Lady Whistledown, voiced by Julie Andrews.
Season one was based on Quinn’s first novel, The Duke and I. The second book in the collection is The Viscount Who Loved Me, which follows “reformed rake” Anthony Bridgerton – played by Jonathan Bailey – in his quest to find a wife. Sex Education star Simone Ashley will be joining the cast as Anthony’s love interest, Kate.
In January, Bridgerton became Netflix’s most-watched series of all time. Within the first 28 days of its release, the Regency drama was viewed by 82 million households, far exceeding the 63 million that Netflix predicted.