Why Regé-Jean Page Isn't In Season 2 Of "Bridgerton"

    Because I know you still burn for the Duke of Hastings.

    Dear reader, how excited are you for what is sure to be a very steamy second season of Bridgerton? (*Coming* March 25 on Netflix.)

    As a reminder, Regé-Jean Page (aka Simon Basset, the Duke of Hastings) will not appear in Season 2.

    So, what has our dear duke been up to IRL since Season 1 of Bridgerton? Let's find out...

    Rege-Jean Page in a suit

    For starters, last year Regé-Jean hosted Saturday Night Live.

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    He has also racked up numerous awards and nominations for his starring role on Bridgerton, earning Emmy and Screen Actors Guild noms and winning an NAACP Image Award.

    Rege-Jean Page smiling and wearing a bow tie

    This year, he will be in the Netflix thriller The Gray Man, which also stars Ryan Gosling, Chris Evans, and Ana de Armas and drops in July.

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    Regé-Jean will also appear in Paramount’s Dungeons & Dragons, arriving in March 2023 and starring Chris Pine, Michelle Rodriguez, Justice Smith, Hugh Grant, and Sophia Lillis.

    Rege-Jean Page in a bow tie on the red carpet

    Regé-Jean is ALSO starring as Simon Templar in the upcoming reboot of The Saint, which is based on the novels and short stories by Leslie Charteris.

    Regé-Jean Page wearing a satiny shirt with the top two buttons open

    And finally, he will be the lead in a still-untitled thriller heist film for Netflix, written and directed by Noah Hawley and executive-produced by Regé-Jean.

    Regé-Jean Page in a mock turtleneck shirt and jacket

    There are no hard feelings around Regé-Jean's departure from Bridgerton, which will devote Season 2 to the tumultuous love life of Anthony Bridgerton (Jonathan Bailey).

    Jonathan Bailey on the red carpet with one hand in his pants pocket

    Last year, executive producer Shonda Rhimes opened up about the duke's departure, saying she didn't expect Regé-Jean to stand around as a little-seen supporting character (as a reminder, each season will focus on a different Bridgerton sibling). "He’s an enormous star now," Shonda told Variety. "As I like to say, the idea that we would write Regé to stand around in the background doesn’t make any sense at all to me. 'What would he do?' is what I like to say."

    Shonda Rhimes smiling

    So, dearest reader, let's rewatch the Bridgerton Season 2 trailer and clutch our corsets till a fresh batch of episodes drops this week!

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