Netflix and Shondaland announced on Friday that star Regé-Jean Page’s character will not appear on the show’s upcoming second season, revealing the news via a notice from lady Whistledown.
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.”
The 31-year-old British actor quickly became the breakout star of the Netflix series by captivating and seducing fans as the Duke of Hastings throughout season one. The first season centered around Page's character, and his love story with Phoebe Dynevor's Daphne Bridgerton. While fans expected to see the continuation of their life as newlyweds and parents in season two, alas they will not.
After Page expressed that it was a “pleasure and a privilege” to be a member of the show, fans, including Kim Kardashian, took to social media to react to his shocking departure.
"Wait!!! WHAT????" Kardashian exclaimed on Bridgerton's Instagram post. She previously posted about being “not OK” after watching Page and Dynevor's steamy scenes and love story unfold.
Lots of Fans expressed their sadness and heartbreak with memes, GIFs and more.