Bridgerton boss addresses reason behind Regé-Jean Page’s absence from season two
Bridgerton fans were heartbroken when it was revealed the star of the show they’d been swooning over, Regé-Jean Page, wouldn’t be returning.
He played the hunky Simon Basset in the first season, which broke records when it was released on Christmas Day.
The actor became a household name due to the success of the sizzling period drama, but fans are devastated that he won’t be appearing in season two.
Series two and three have already been confirmed but show creator Shonda Rhimes has dashed any hopes of Page reappearing.
Shonda and Netflix’s Bela Bajaria were asked by The Hollywood Reporter if clauses were added to actor's contracts so they could make cameos at some point.
Creative Shonda replied: "I was just excited about the idea of being able to tell a complete romantic tale that has an end, where you're not finding 14 other reasons why the couple can't be together or frankly having Regé stand in the background of somebody else's romance. That doesn't make sense."
We’re sure fans wouldn’t complain if he was in the background of every single shot.
Fans of the book series the show is based on weren’t surprised by the news.
The books were written by Julia Quinn, and each book focuses on a different Bridgerton sibling.
Bela explained: "Those books really dictated what we did, and we want talent to have an amazing experience and tell the story they're telling authentically, not, 'Oh, can you just come over here and do this little thing?'
"Like, is that satisfying? Is that what actors want to do? He delivered on his story."
Shonda admits she was surprised just how upset many fans are: "I don't think I fully expected or understood what releasing all eight episodes around the globe at once was going to do.
"And yeah, I was like, 'I've killed many a man that people adore.'
"I'm so surprised that everybody is [losing it over a character we've watched] for eight episodes leaving. But obviously, Regé is an amazing actor and he did an amazing thing and people responded."
The creator added: "I also was surprised because the nature of this series is simply, this year it's this couple, this year it's [that] couple."
Shonda also insists that he was only ever signed up for one series of the show and that there is no bad blood between them.
There have been many rumours whirling that Regé could be lined up to be the next James Bond, and many of his fans would love to see more of him.
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