Shonda Rhimes had sobering words for “Bridgerton” fans who are holding out hope that Regé-Jean PageWill one day be back in the NetflixSeries.

Emmy-winning TV mogul told Variety this week that she doesn’t expect Page to reprise his role as Simon Basset, the Duke of Hastings, in future seasons of “Bridgerton.”

“Rightfully, he said, ‘I signed up to do this one lovely story, this closed-ended storyline. I’m good!’” said Rhimes, who is an executive producer on “Bridgerton” and “Grey’s Anatomy,” among other beloved shows. “And I don’t blame him for that. I think that he was really smart to leave the perfection as the perfection.”

Page captured an Emmy nomination for his portrayal of the duke on the first season of “Bridgerton,” which debuted in December 2020. It was revealed that Zimbabwean and British heartthrobs had been paired in April. would depart the seriesHis character was intended to be a one-season story arc.

Season 2 will be released next year and it will feature Lord Anthony Bridgerton played by Jonathan Bailey.

Actor Regé-Jean Page, best known for his role on Netflix’s “Bridgerton,” will next be seen in the Netflix thriller “The Gray Man,” starring Chris Evans and Ryan Gosling.
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The exact circumstances surrounding Page’s exit from “Bridgerton” remain unclear. Later in April, The Hollywood Reporter cited “sources close to the show” who claimed the actor had, in fact, rejected an offerYou can be featured in three to five Season 2 Episodes for $50 per episode.

The actor never publicly commented on that report, but he’s parlayed his newfound fame into a host of projects. Next year, Page will appear in the Netflix thriller “The Gray Man,” which stars Chris Evans and Ryan Gosling. He appears frequently as well. name-droppedIn speculative reportsOver who could succeed Daniel Craig as James Bond’s successor.

This was a huge success. Rhimes told Variety, is yet another reason she can’t envision a scenario in which Page would come back to “Bridgerton.”

“He’s an enormous star now,” she explained. “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.”

It seems Rhimes has decided to interpret fans’ despondency at the duke’s absence as a sign of the strength of both the show and Page’s dreamy performance. She did offer her condolences to the fans.

“People’s attachment to couples is Realität — I mean, I know that better than anybody,” she said. “And I think that means success. But I do understand their despair.”


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