In news that has left Bridgerton fans everywhere rather distraught, Netflix has announced that Regé-Jean Page won’t be returning as Simon Basset in the upcoming second season of Shondaland’s hit series.
The news was revealed via the show’s social platforms, which posted the following notice from Lady Whistledown…
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“It’s a one-season arc. It’s going to have a beginning, middle, end – give us a year,” Page told Variety about his early conversations with the show’s producers, revealing that the short term commitment was what appealed to him about the role in the first place. “[I thought] ‘That’s interesting,’ because then it felt like a limited series. I get to come in, I get to contribute my bit and then the Bridgerton family rolls on… I have nothing but excitement for Bridgerton continuing to steam train off and conquer the globe. But there is also value in completing these arcs and sticking the landing.”
Bridgerton has been a huge success for Netflix, with 82 million households viewing the show in the month following its Christmas Day premiere.
Based on Julia Quinn’s best-selling series of novels, spanning from 2000 to 2013, this smart feminist take on Regency England romance unveils the glittering, wealthy, sexual, painful, funny, and sometimes lonely lives of the women and men in London’s high society marriage mart as told through the eyes of the powerful Bridgerton family.
The series is set in the world of Regency London high society, unveiling a seductive and sumptuous world composed of intricate rules and dramatic power struggles, in which no one is ever on steady ground. At the center of it all is the funny, witting and clever Bridgerton family, comprised of eight siblings who must navigate the upper ten-thousands’ marriage mart in search of romance, adventure, and love.
Bridgerton stars Phoebe Dynevor, Regé-Jean Page, Golda Rosheuvel, Jonathan Bailey, Luke Newton, Claudia Jessie, Nicola Coughlan, Ruby Barker, Sabrina Bartlett, Ruth Gemmell, Adjoa Andoh, Polly Walker, Bessie Carter, Harriet Cains, and Julie Andrews as the voice of Lady Whistledown.