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Celebrity News: Attention, Dearest Readers: Regé-Jean Page Is Not Returning For Bridgerton Season 2

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Celebrity News: Attention, Dearest Readers: Regé-Jean Page Is Not Returning For Bridgerton Season 2

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“Bridgerton’s” Nicola Coughlan Reveals “Easter Egg” From First Scene

We have some distressing news to share, dearest readers.

On Friday, April 2, it was revealed that Regé-Jean Page will not be returning to Bridgerton for season two. Yes, the dashing duke has departed the series, the popular Netflix period drama confirmed with a statement from Lady Whistledown herself.

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

Don’t fret, Daphne (Phoebe Dynevor) fans. Lady Whistledown’s note suggested that the new duchess will be back for the new season: “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.”

As E! News readers well know, season one of Bridgerton followed Julia Quinn‘s first novel in the series, The Duke And I, which focused on the love story between Simon, the Duke of Hastings (Page) and Daphne (Dynevor). It has since been confirmed that season two will follow the oldest Bridgerton son, Anthony (Jonathan Bailey) as he searches for love.

If we are correct, season two will be inspired by the plot of The Viscount Who Loved Me, where Viscount Bridgerton finally finds a wife—only to become distracted by her older sister, Kate. So, it’s safe to say that the Duke wouldn’t have played a large part in the story anyways.

In fact, according to Deadline, Page was only contracted for one season of the show. Regardless, we’ll miss his onscreen banter (and library escapades) with Daphne.

Your Grace, it has been a pleasure. 💜🐝 pic.twitter.com/kX1nIG8pz7

— Bridgerton (@bridgerton) April 2, 2021

This casting news comes shortly after Luke Newton, who plays Colin Bridgerton, confirmed that season two’s production had not yet begun. (He previously teased fans by sharing behind-the-scenes footage from set.) “But,” he confessed during a nominees press junket for the 2021 SAG Awards, “everyone individually is getting ready and psyched up for season two.”

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While we wait for more updates, scroll through the gallery below to learn more season two details.

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The New Lead

Anthony Bridgerton (Jonathan Bailey) takes center stage in season two as he attempts to settle down and finally takes his place at the head of the family. That involves getting married, and if the show is following the plot of the book The Viscount Who Loved Me, he finds the perfect wife but becomes distracted by her meddlesome older sister, Kate. 

And yes, he will play Pall Mall. Pall Mall is basically croquet, and the book features a beloved scene in which Anthony and Kate play. It’s the only specific scene author Julia Quinn requested the show include. 

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The New Lord Bridgerton

It’s quite the shock that Lord Anthony Bridgerton is even considering marriage or owning up to his responsibilities. In fact, Bailey said he sees him as an example of why the oldest male shouldn’t just automatically get all the power. 

“We’ve come quite far with the idea of equality between sexes, but there’s still a lot of conversations that need to be had about men in power,” he explained. “Hopefully, Anthony is someone who’s gonna make people realize that some men just don’t have what it takes.” 

However, Bailey thinks he means well. 

“With Anthony there’s just so much conflict with everything he’s doing,” he says. “He means so well and he’s got such a good heart and he loves his family and once I fell in love with him and realized that he meant well, that means that you can really push the boundaries as to how unfair and toxic he can be to his lovers and to his sisters and to his mother.”

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No More Simon, But a New Romance to Swoon Over

Season one’s Simon (Rege-Jean Page) and Daphne (Phoebe Dynevor) will be taking a backseat in season two after their happy ending at the end of season one. In fact, Page won’t even be appearing in the second season, while Daphne will still be around just to support her siblings. It also sounds like we might not miss the Duke and Duchess of Hastings quite as much as we fear we might.

Quinn doesn’t know exactly what’s happening in season two, but she could at least promise a heck of a romance. 

“All I know is that, you know, having written the source material, I think we’re all going to be happy because they really set it up beautifully for all of us to really want Anthony to both win in life and get his comeuppance,” she tells E! News. “At the same time, and I think it’s gonna happen. His love interest just really is his match and it’s going to be great.” 

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Meet Kate Sharma

Sex Education star Simone Ashley has been cast as Kate Sharma, the leading lady opposite Anthony. According to Netflix, Kate is a “smart, headstrong young woman who suffers no fools—Anthony Bridgerton very much included.” The book describes her as “the most meddlesome woman to ever grace a London ballroom.” 

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More New Characters?

Kate isn’t the only new character we can likely expect. If the show follows The Viscount Who Loved Me, we’ll also meet Edwina, who is Kate’s sister, and Mary, their mother. 

In the book, Anthony originally decides that Edwina will be his wife, but he gets distracted by the disapproving Kate while trying to win her over. Their last name in the books is Sheffield, but has been changed to Sharma for the screen. 

(Those are the Featherington sisters above, and we can only assume they will return along with Penelope and Lady Featherington.) 

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The Future of Lady Whistledown

Lady Whistledown’s identity is not revealed quite so early in the books, but on the show, we now know we have Penelope Featherington (Nicola Coughlan) to thank for all the best gossip in London. We do not, however, know what this means for Penelope’s future. 

All we have is a promise from Coughlan and Claudia Jessie, who plays Pen’s BFF Eloise, that Eloise is going to be “pissed.” 

“She loves her best mate so much, and also she’s properly in awe of Lady Whistledown,” Jessie said. “She’s like in love with Lady Whistledown. She wants to find her. I feel like the reason her quest seems so strong is because she’s always looking for a way out and Lady Whistledown is an example of that autonomy, earning her own money, being a badass, outing people. That’s Eloise’s cup of tea. And then she’s gonna find out it’s her best mate… carnage.”

Coughlan revealed on Twitter that she had a costume fitting on Feb. 12, but gave no details beyond that. 

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An Intricate Weaving

While Quinn’s books are “tightly focused,” she says, on her protagonists, the show has already given us hints

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