Regé-Jean Page will NOT Return for Season 2 of "Bridgerton"

This came as a surprise FOR SURE...

Regé-Jean Page will not be returning for season 2 as the Duke of Hastings. The character of Simon still has some presence throughout the rest of the best-selling novels on which Bridgerton is based. Phoebe Dynevor, also known as Daphne on the hit Netflix series, will be returning. In the message on Twitter it reads,"Daphne will remain a devoted wife and sister, helping her brother navigate the upcoming social season and what it has to offer."

Shonda Rhimes shared a message on Instagram saying goodbye to the Duke of Hastings. "Remember: the Duke is never gone. He's just waiting to be binge watched all over again."

I was never able to get into this series... maybe I need to re-watch this??

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