Regé-Jean Page is breaking his silence after it was introduced on Friday that he was leaving Bridgerton after only one season.

The British actor, who rapidly turned one of many collection’ breakout stars, is not going to be returning because the Duke of Hastings for season 2 of Netflix’s steamy Regency drama. Though the character of Simon continues to be a presence in creator Julia Quinn’s bestselling novels, he’s now not the first focus because the tales shift to completely different relations.

Page took to Twitter following the information to specific his gratitude and thank the Bridgerton household for his time, which unexpectedly was transient, on the collection.

“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,” he wrote.

Pleasure and a privilege! An honour to be a member of the household – on and off display, solid, crew and unbelievable followers – the love is actual and can simply continue to grow ❤️💫

— Regé-Jean Page (@regejean) April 2, 2021

“While all eyes turn to Lord Anthony Bridgerton’s quest to find a Viscountess, we bid adieu to Rege-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,” the message learn in asserting Page’s abrupt departure. “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.”

Since Bridgerton dropped on Christmas, Page’s star has risen exponentially. The actor made his Saturday Night Live internet hosting debut in February and has lined up high-profile initiatives, together with Ryan Gosling and Chris Evans’ The Gray Man and the movie adaptation of Dungeons & Dragons.

Page not too long ago gained the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series and is up for 2 Screen Actors Guild Awards this weekend, together with one for his particular person efficiency.

The upcoming season of Bridgerton, which begins manufacturing this spring in London, follows Anthony as he “intends to dominate the social season.” Sex Education‘s Simone Ashley will play Anthony’s love curiosity Kate Sharma, newcomer Charithra Chandran will play Kate’s youthful sister Edwina and Rupert Young will play a brand new character particularly created for the collection.

The Duke stays an integral a part of the narrative material of Bridgerton as he and Daphne discover the early years of their marriage, and as Simon’s greatest pal navigates discovering a spouse. In the second novel, The Viscount Who Loved Me, of which season 2 is loosely based mostly on, Simon and Daphne are featured in one of many e book’s most iconic scenes. Without Simon’s presence and Daphne nonetheless round, it’s unclear how Bridgerton will select to deal with his absence.

Interestingly, co-star Adjoa Andoh, who performs Lady Danbury, advised ET in March that Daphne and Simon’s future would resemble that of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s in season 2.

“I really can’t say too much, nor would you expect me to, but I guess what we do know absolutely is that they’re married now. It’s a new married life and they have the baby, so there are all the vagaries of what that is like for young people with a new baby,” Andoh defined. “I mean, Harry and Meghan, what’s it like when you have a new baby? How does it affect you when [you are] a young couple with a new baby?”

“I just think we’re going to see how Phoebe and Rege’s characters, Daphne and Simon, navigate being in love, very in lust still, but with a new baby in their lives,” she added. “Having to navigate and negotiate that between each other, between their families and between their wider social circles. Yeah, it’s going to be interesting…[And with Simon], how do you father when you haven’t even fathered [or had a father]?”

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