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Regé-Jean Page Will Not Return For “Bridgerton” Season 2

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Regé-Jean Page | Image: LIAM DANIEL/NETFLIX

Regé-Jean Page, who portrayed the dashing Duke of Hastings in Season 1 of Bridgerton, will not return for the second season of the hit Netflix series.

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On the show’s Instagram and Twitter pages, a letter penned by Lady Whistledown confirmed on Friday that the Netflix hit will move on to season 2 without Page, who played Simon Basset, the Duke of Hastings.

“Dear Readers, 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 message began.

“We’ll miss Simon’s presence onscreen, but he will always be a part of the Bridgerton family,” it continued. “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.”

 

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Page, 31, addressed the news on Instagram with a photo of himself on horseback as the Duke.

“The ride of a life time,” the British-Zimbabwean star wrote.

“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.”

 

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Bridgerton premiered on Netflix on December 25, 2020. The eight-episode first season was met with positive reviews. With a viewership of 82 million households, it has become the most-watched series on Netflix. The series reached No. 1 in 76 countries on Netflix.

Netflix renewed Bridgerton for a second season in January, and production began in London last month. The new season will follow Lord Anthony Bridgerton, played by Jonathan Bailey, as he attempts to find a wife. Simone Ashley has been cast as his love interest, Kate Sharma.

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