Netflix released the trailer for Bridgerton Season 2 and it looks like she is winning the hearts of viewers. However, the break Bridgerton star Regé-Jean Page will not return for season 2.
In a recent interview with Variety, the actor exclaimed that he was aware that his character would run for a short time from the start. page said:
“It’s a one-season arc. There’s going to be a beginning, a middle, an end, give us a year.”
Page further explained that the series, based on Julia Quinn’s book, is an anthology that focuses on the love story of a different sibling in each book. This makes sense for Daphne and Simon’s love story, which only lasts one season.
Season 2 of ‘Bridgerton’ will take the series in a new direction
Fans were reportedly devastated after learning of Page’s departure from the show when a statement was posted on Instagram, allegedly from Lady Whistledown, which read:
“We bid farewell to Régé-Jean Page, who so triumphantly played the Duke of Hastings.”
Regé-Jean Page later confirmed that he had left the cast members’ WhatsApp group chat, saying:
“The Universe has expanded. So I’m gone./ I left respectfully,… I didn’t want to put them in an awkward situation where they had to drive me away”
Why did the actor leave the series?
However, in an interview, the actor reportedly said he was looking forward to the show continuing without him. He said:
“I’ve got nothing but excitement for Bridgerton continuing to steam train and take on the world, / But there’s also value in finishing those arcs and sticking the landing.”
It was reportedly revealed that the actor was never considered to appear in Season 2 on Netflix. According to sources, the production has reached out to the actor with a return offer, despite plans for season 2 of the show, which never involved his character, Simon Bassett.
The actor reportedly turned down the offer to focus on his upcoming movie deals. It has just completed production on The gray man, a The Russo Brothers Movie and he will start filming Dungeons and Dragons in Ireland.
On April 13, producer Shonda Rhimes humorously said in an interview regarding the rapid backlash to Regé-Jean Page’s exit from the series:
“We didn’t even kill him!/ [Regé-Jean] is a powerful and incredible actor and that means we’ve done our job – every season, our job is to find the right people and set up this incredible, world-changing romance.
Season 2 will premiere on March 25, 2022, exclusively on Netflix.