‘We’ll miss Simon’s presence onscreen, but he will always be a part of the Bridgerton family.
Statement: The Netflix series took to its official Twitter account to reveal that the actor, 31, who plays Simon Basset, the Duke of Hastings, will not be back
Emotional: Regé-Jean later confirmed his show exit in his own statement posted to Instagram where he shared a picture of himself in character and behind-the-scenes
‘Pleasure and a privilege’: Rege-Jean gushed over his time on the show and ‘connection’ with everyone involved in the series
‘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. Yours truly, Lady Whistledown.’
Regé-Jean, who is set to star in The Gray Man, also took to Instagram to confirm the news as he emotionally said it had been a ‘pleasure and a privilege to be your Duke’.
He penned: ‘The ride of a life time. 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.’
Signing off his message, he added: ‘The love is real and will just keep growing.’
No going back! Rege-Jean said the show had a ‘one-season arc’ and his character’s story was finalised in one series (pictured with Phoebe Dynevor as Daphne in the series)
Bridgerton fans, including Kim Kardashian, were left devastated by the shock exit as they took to social media to share their heartbreak.
Rege-Jean’s exit has only fuelled speculation that he will replace Daniel Craig as the next James Bond, as his odds were slashed to play the iconic spy.
In January, Rege-Jean was the bookies favourites to take on 007 after he hinted he could be a good contender to succeed Daniel Craig.
And now the odds have been slashed after the screen star announced he won’t be returning to season two.
Bookies have dropped odds from 5/1 to just 7/2 following the shock news as it has ‘strengthened’ his chances of getting the role.
Counting down! The show’s second series and will focus on Anthony’s search for love (pictured L-R the Bridgerton siblings and their mother: Hyacinth (Florence Hunt), Colin (Luke Newton), mother Violet (Ruth Gemmell), Daphne (Phoebe Dynevor), Eloise (Claudia Jessie), Anthony (Jonathan Bailey), Gregory (Will Tilson) and Benedict (Luke Thompson)
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