The Duke of Hastings is putting down his hat. Bridgerton has announced that Regé-Jean Page will not reprise his role as The Duke of Hastings in season 2 of the breakout Netflix show, “Bridgerton.”
The news broke on “Bridgerton’s” Twitter account via Lady Whistledown on Friday. Shondaland and Netflix also confirmed the news. Furthermore, Regé-Jean Page confirmed the news as well on his Instagram page.
Page’s turn as the Duke of Hastings has made him an audience favorite. However, the role was intended to be short-lived. In the source material, Julia Quinn’s “Bridgerton” series, Page’s role mainly wraps up in the first book.
Lady Whistledown Announces Regé-Jean Page Departure
Lady Whistledown’s note confirmed the second season of Bridgerton would follow the second sibling Lord Anthony Bridgerton’s search for a Viscountess. Daphne will return as she helps her brother navigate these waters.
“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.”Lady Whistledown
Page’s role was met with widespread acclaim. Before the announcement, Page picked up the coveted SAG award for Male Actor in TV Series. He also accepted the NAACP Image Award for his turn as Daphne’s rakish love interest.
The Viscount Who Loved Me
The second season focuses on Jonathan Bailey in the face of his reformed rakish bachelor ways. The story is based on Quinn’s second book, The Viscount Who Loved Me. Fans of Simone Ashley (Sex Education) will catch her on the show as Kate Sharma opposite Bailey.
Page was aware of the limited time on the show. Thus the actor was not surprised with the time he had. Page admitted the limited commitment appealed to him. However, he did not foresee that his character would become wildly popular.
Regé-Jean Page Breaks His Silence On Leaving Bridgerton
Page addresses fans directly on his Instagram page after the shocking news. The actor posted a picture of himself on the set of the hit series posed atop a horse. Furthermore, he told fans that the role was beyond anything he imagined saying,
“It’s been an absolute pleasure and a privilege to be your Duke.”Regé-Jean Page
Fans will be glad to note that Page has completed filming on Netflix’s most prominent movie yet. The breakout star will act alongside Hollywood heavyweights Chris Evans and Ryan Gosling on the spy thriller “The Gray Man.” Moreover, the actor will move on to his new role in a Dungeons and Dragons adaptation.