Regé-Jean Page not returning for Season 2 of ‘Bridgerton’


“Bridgerton” is losing some steam.

Season 2 of the racy historical drama will not include sultry Regé-Jean Page, who played Simon Basset, the Duke of Hastings, in Season 1 of the Netflix drama, according to Deadline.

The 31-year-old fan favorite carried on a “Gossip Girl”-worthy affair with socialite Daphne Bridgerton, played by 25-year-old Phoebe Dynevor. His steamy portrayal surely will be missed, as his first-season appearance led to some memorable, meme-worthy moments — including one involving Page’s tongue and a particularly lucky spoon that got thirsty viewers’ hearts racing.

Netflix did not have an official comment when asked for one by The Post. However, the program’s official Twitter account dropped an announcement from the quill pen of Lady Whistledown’s Society Papers, the show’s shadowy gossip guru.

“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,” reads the note. “We’ll miss Simon’s presence onscreen, but he will always be a part of the Bridgerton family. 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.”

The Shonda Rhimes-scripted series, based on the best-selling novels by Julia Quinn, started filming for its sophomore season last month. New cast members will include “Sex Education” star Simone Ashley, 25, who will play Kate Sharma, a new Londoner who pops up as a potential suitor for Daphne’s eldest brother, Anthony, played by 32-year-old Jonathan Bailey.

“We have a bunch of new characters we are going to be introducing,” Chris Van Dusen, creator and showrunner, said during an interview on “Today” in January. “Anthony is going to have a love interest next season, and I think it’s going to be as sweeping and moving and as beautiful as viewers of the first season have come to expect from the show.”

Regé-Jean Page as The Duke of Hastings and Phoebe Dynevor as Daphne Bridgerton
Regé-Jean Page as the Duke of Hastings and Phoebe Dynevor as Daphne Bridgerton, in an episode of the hit show “Bridgerton.”


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