Why Regé-Jean Page Isn’t In Season 2 Of “Bridgerton”

Because I know you still burn for the Duke of Hastings.

Dear reader, how excited are you for what is sure to be a very steamy second season of Bridgerton? (*Coming* March 25 on Netflix.)

As a reminder, Regé-Jean Page (aka Simon Basset, the Duke of Hastings) will not appear in Season 2.

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“It’s been an absolute pleasure and a privilege to be your Duke,” Regé-Jean wrote in an Instagram post last year. “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. The love is real and will just keep growing.”

So, what has our dear duke been up to IRL since Season 1 of Bridgerton? Let’s find out…

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He has also racked up numerous awards and nominations for his starring role on Bridgertonearning Emmy and Screen Actors Guild names and winning an NAACP Image Award.

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This year, he will be in the Netflix thriller The Gray Manwhich also stars Ryan Gosling, Chris Evans, and Ana de Armas and drops in July.

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Regé-Jean will also appear in Paramount’s Dungeons & Dragonsarriving in March 2023 and starring Chris Pine, Michelle Rodriguez, Justice Smith, Hugh Grant, and Sophia Lillis.

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Regé-Jean is ALSO starring as Simon Templar in the upcoming reboot of The Saintwhich is based on the novels and short stories by Leslie Charteris.

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And finally, he will be the lead in a still-untitled thriller heist film for Netflix, written and directed by Noah Hawley and executive-produced by Regé-Jean.

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There are no hard feelings around Regé-Jean’s departure from Bridgertonwhich will devote Season 2 to the tumultuous love life of Anthony Bridgerton (Jonathan Bailey).

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Last year, executive producer Shonda Rhimes opened up about the duke’s departure, saying she didn’t expect Regé-Jean to stand around as a little-seen supporting character (as a reminder, each season will focus on a different Bridgerton sibling). “He’s an enormous star now,” Shonda told Variety. “As I like to say, the idea that we would write Regé to stand around in the background doesn’t make any sense at all to me. ‘What would he do?’ is what I like to say.”

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