In a press release which took the form of one of Lady Whistedown’s Society Papers, it was revealed: “While all eyes turn to Lord Anthony Bridgerton’s quest to find a Viscounts, we bid adieu to Regé-Jean Page, who so triumphantly played the Duke Of Hastings.
“We’ll miss Simon’s presence onscreen, but he will always be part of the Bridgerton family.”
NetflixRegé-Jean Page in character as the Duke of Hastings
Despite Regé-Jean’s absence, his co-star Phoebe Dynevor will be going nowhere, with the “letter” adding: “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.”
Needless to say, the news caused quite the uproar among the Bridgerton fan community:
I guess I wont be watching the show anymore 💔💔💔 this is so sad he was the main reason we all loved the show https://t.co/EeJ4eC1ie7
Reacting to his exit, Regé-Jean tweeted: “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.”
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 ❤️💫 https://t.co/YBk4RvKNpx