The news, which came as a surprise to many, was released for the first time recently in an “official letter” from Lady Whistledown, the show’s notorious gossip spreader.
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“We bid farewell to Regé-Jean Page, who so triumphantly played the Duke of Hastings,” the letter said, in part.
“We will miss Simon’s presence on the screen, but he will always be part of the Bridgerton family.”
While fans of Julia Quinn’s books on which the series is based may have predicted the Duke’s departure, others on Twitter have suffered greatly from the loss.
“Not! Bridgerton will not be the same without you, your grace ”,
“I hope it’s a late April 1st joke! He was the series ”,
I hope this is a late April Fool's joke! He *was* the show.— Carol Roth (@caroljsroth) April 2, 2021
Most fans insisted that they would not be watching Bridgerton without the beloved Duke, who emerged as a rising star on the series when it debuted in December.
While Instagram’s popular gossip account, Deux Moi, posted an anonymous tip that Page was leaving because of “an ego problem,” the actor told Variety that it was always his plan to stay for just one season.
“It would have a beginning, middle and end – all in the first season,” he said, referring to the first conversations with Bridgerton producers.
“I thought, ‘This is interesting’, because then it looked like a miniseries. I could come in, I could contribute my share and then the Bridgerton family would move on. ”
Although Page is moving out of Shondaland, fans can still follow his work.
The actor is expected to continue working with Netflix on a new project, The Gray Man, by the Russo Brothers, an action film starring Ryan Gosling and Chris Evans, and will also appear in the upcoming Dungeons & Dragons film.
In Brazil, Bridgerton is now available on Netflix.
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