'Bridgerton' Breakout Star Regé-Jean Page Isn't Returning for Season 2

Friday April 2, 2021

Actor Regé-Jean Page, the breakout star of "Bridgerton" and plays Simon Basset, the Duke of Hastings, won't return to the popular Netflix show for its second season.

The news of Page's exit came in the form of a letter written by the character Lady Whistledown.

Variety points out that fans of the book series "Bridgerton" is based on might not be too shocked by the news as Simon Basset's storyline mostly plays out in the first book, "The Duke and I." Page even talked about the contained role in a recent interview with the outlet.

"It's a one-season arc. It's going to have a beginning, middle, end — give us a year," he said. "[I thought] 'That's interesting,' because then it felt like a limited series. I get to come in, I get to contribute my bit and then the Bridgerton family rolls on."

Taking to Instagram, Page called the role a "ride of a lifetime."

"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," he added.

Check that out below.