Sunday, June 16, 2024

Bridgerton Sex Symbol Phenom Regé-Jean Page Not Returning for Second Season, Ditches Hit Show For Greener Pastures


Rege Jean Page, the sex symbol phenom who made “Bridgerton” fans swoon, is leaving the show. He’s not returning for Season 2. Eight episodes and he’s outta there.

Wow. The announcement came on Instagram. Page hosted “Saturday Night Live” and picked up a couple of roles, and probably thinks he’s David Caruso. This should be interesting. ShondaLand, the producer, must be furious.

Page was unknown before “Bridgerton” but gained overnight fame like crazy with the show. But this is what happens when newcomers get overwhelmed.

Page just worked four days on  “The Gray Man” in Long Beach, California, a movie quickly becoming known for its ballooning budget over $220 million.

The Instagram post from the show’s fictional Lady Whistledown gossip columnist reads:

“Dear Readers, while all eyes turn to Lord Anthony Bridgerton’s quest to find a Viscountess, we bid adieu to Regé-Jean Page, who so triumphantly played the Duke of Hastings,” the message began.

“We’ll miss Simon’s presence onscreen, but he will always be a part of the Bridgerton family,” it continued. “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.”



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Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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