Unfortunately, the Duke and Duchess Of Hastings' story has come to an end. Bridgerton star Phoebe Dynevor has spoken out about her handsome co-star Rege-Jean Page not returning to the hit Netflix show for season two and it seems like it was not really a shock to her at all.
During a May 20th episode of the "Variety Awards Circuit Podcast," the British actress revealed "I had a bit of a heads up, so I knew," which may come as a surprise to Bridgerton fans who may not have read the original book series.
The star, who is said to be dating SNL star Pete Davidson, further explained "But yeah, I guess it is a spanner. But again, the show centers around the Bridgertons, and there are eight books. And I think maybe the fans of the books were more aware of that happening than the fans of the show. Because I think the fans of the books know that every episode is about a different sibling. And we’re very much passing on the baton to the lovely [Jonathan Bailey]."
The show's highly anticipated second season is going to revolve around Jonathan Bailey who plays Anthony, Dynevor's character Daphne Bridgerton's brother.
A majority of fans were shocked when Netflix shared in a statement on April 2, "Dear Readers, while all eyes turn to Lord Anthony Bridgerton quest to find a Viscountess, we bid adieu to Regé-Jean Page, who so triumphantly played the Duke of Hastings. 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. Yours truly, Lady Whistledown."
The 31 year-old actor sweetly answered back by saying "Pleasure and a privilege! An honour to be a member of the family — on and off screen, cast, crew and incredible fans — the love is real and will just keep growing."
The ever-so steamy Bridgerton, produced by the legendary Shonda Rhimes, became a runaway hit when it premiered on Netflix on Christmas Day of last year. The romantic series became the highest streamed original series in the platform's history. The show was quickly renewed for season two in January.
The story revolves debutantes in Regency era England and focuses on the romantic lives of the Bridgerton siblings. It is based on the popular book series by author Julia Quinn.