“I Was Really Shocked,” Shonda Rhimes Shares The EXACT Reason Regé-Jean Page Left “Bridgerton”

Was this the plan all along?

Shonda Rhimes has entered the chat to clear all the rumors about Regé-Jean Page’s exit from the hit series “Bridgerton.”

Once the news broke that Page would not be returning as Duke Simon Basset for season two and beyond, fans broke out into a frenzy and rumors ran wild about the reason for his exit.

Rhimes says she’s shocked by the overwhelming reaction to Page’s departure.

 

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“I was really shocked because usually, that happens when I’ve killed off somebody that’s been around for a while,” shared Rhimes. “Like, we didn’t kill him, he’s still alive! [Regé-Jean] is a powerful, amazing actor and that meant we did our job—every season, our job is finding the right people and putting together this incredible, world-shifting romance.”

“I don’t know that I expected this much of an explosion, given that every book [in the “Bridgerton” series] is a different romance. What would be the ever-after of this combo? I mean, really: What would Regé-Jean do, you know what I mean? We gave them their happily ever after! And now we have this next couple coming. And so yeah, I was like, whoa!”

She also confirmed reports that the original plan has always been for Page to only appear in the show’s first season.

“We made a one-season deal with him at the beginning of season one. That was the plan: come and do one season as the duke,” continued Rhimes. “Anything else that was extra and wasn’t really the plan when we started… So there’s a lot of fantastically interesting talk that’s been going on, mainly cause I think people are having a hard time letting go.”

Rhimes, however, did confirm that he was invited to make appearances in season two along with two other season one stars who aren’t in the Bridgerton family.

And for fans having difficulty parting ways with their duke, she says, “I know, but he’s a busy man!”

Lucky for fans, there’s still a happy ending with confirmation from Netflix that “Bridgerton” has been renewed for seasons three and four.

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