Bridgerton fans received disheartening news when it was announced that Regé-Jean Page who stars
as Duke of Hastings would not be part of the hit show’s second season.
The first season centred around Page’s character, and his love story with Phoebe Dynevor’s Daphne
Bridgerton. While fans expected to see the continuation of their life as newlyweds and parents in season
two, alas they will not.
A post from the show’s social media account confirms this. Written in the voice of Lady Whistledown,
the show’s anonymous gossip character played by Julie Andrews, the announcement says.
“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.”
In response, Page tweeted, “Pleasure and a privilege! 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”.
Fans took to social media to react to his shocking departure. Some simply expressed their sadness and
heartbreak with memes, GIFs and more while others weren’t so forgiving, like Kalen Allen tweeting.
“There better be a real good reason for Regé-Jean not coming back to Bridgerton! This news really
ruined my morning!”
Jonathan Bailey, who starred as Lord Anthony previously told ET that Bridgerton’s second season would
be “convoluted and sexier.”
Shonda Rhimes, who serves as executive producer, wrote on Twitter,
“Remember: the Duke is never
gone. He’s just waiting to be binge-watched all over again. #ShondalandMenOnNetflixAreForever.”
The show’s creator, Chris Van Dusen, also posted a message on his social media, appreciating Page’s
the role, as well as bid him farewell from the show.