After stealing our hearts (and our, er, spoons?) in the first series of the Netflix original, Regé took to Twitter to reveal he wouldn't appear in any more of Bridgerton. "Pleasure and a privilege!" he wrote. "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."
Netflix added, "Dearest Readers, While all eyes turn to Lord Anthony Bridgerton's quest to find Viscountess, we bid adieu to Regé-Jean Page, who so triumphantly played the Duke of Hastings. We'll miss Simon's presence onscreen, but he will always be a part of the Bridgerton family. 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. Yours Truly, Lady Whistledown."
"I had a bit of a heads up so I knew but yeah, I guess it is a spanner,” Phoebe told Variety. “But again, the show centres around the Bridgertons and there are eight books. I think maybe the fans of the books were more aware of that happening than the fans of the show."
She continued, "I think fans of the books know that every [season] is about a different sibling. And we’re very much passing the baton to the lovely Johnny, who plays Anthony. Obviously it’s sad to to see [Page] go but I’m looking forward to being reunited with my with my family."
It's a similar sentiment to the one voiced by the show's creator, Shonda, who revealed The Duke was never going to take centre stage for season two, instead leaving the spotlight to Daphne's brother Jonathan.
Still, The Duke will be sorely missed.
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