Who’s bad idea was this…. Shonda?!
Variety reports today that breakout Bridgerton heartthrob Regé-Jean Page (BE STILL MY HEART!) will not be a part of the upcoming season two.
The news of the departing Duke of Hastings was announced via a notice from the fictional Lady Thistledown.
“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,” the message began.
“We’ll miss Simon’s presence onscreen, but he will always be a part of the Bridgerton family,” it continued. “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.”
Seems slightly counterintuitive to dismiss the SOLE REASON most people watched the show, but I suppose it’s probably for the best that Mr Page pull a Farrah Fawcett/Charlie’s Angels move here…. he’s got a potential role as James Bond looming in his future….
In fact, the short-term commitment was a big part of the role’s appeal, Page tells Variety:
“It’s a one-season arc. It’s going to have a beginning, middle, end – give us a year,” Page says, recounting early conversations with Shondaland producers, who approached him about the role of Simon after “For the People” wrapped up. “[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.”
The British-Zimbabwean star adds that he relished the idea that Bridgerton is essentially an anthology, with each book (and subsequently season) dedicated to a different sibling’s love story.
“One of the things that is different about this [romance] genre is that the audience knows the arc completes,” he explains. “They come in knowing that, so you can tie people in emotional knots because they have that reassurance that we’re going to come out and we’re going to have the marriage and the baby.”
“I have nothing but excitement for ‘Bridgerton’ continuing to steam train off and conquer the globe,” he says. “But there is also value in completing these arcs and sticking the landing.”
If you say so, dude. But I won’t be watching without you. Those other Bridgeton boys just don’t cut it…