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.
Shonda Rhimes, who serves as executive producer, wrote on Twitter, "Remember: the Duke is never gone. He’s just waiting to be binge watched all over again. #ShondalandMenOnNetflixAreForever."
The show's creator, Chris Van Dusen, also posted a message on his social media.
"Writing the Duke of Hastings for this series has been a true privilege and I’ll forever cherish His Grace’s #Bridgerton reign," he wrote. "Thank you to the fans for embracing him, and to @regejean for bringing him to life in such beautifully moving and memorable ways. #TheDukeIsForever🔥💫🥄 (this pic is from an early camera test - the very first time I saw our Duke as OUR DUKE - ❤️ #BridgertonFam)."
Earlier this week, it was also announced that newcomer Charithra Chandran joins season 2 as Kate's sister, Edwina. In the books, Edwina is the one who initially catches the viscount's heart. It is noted that Page's Duke of Hastings rarely makes an appearance in the second book, as each one is based on a new couple.
Many other fans also made the note about the storyline change via Twitter:
So sad that Regé-Jean Page will not be in season 2 of Bridgerton but they are going by the books and it wasn’t meant to only follow Simon and daphne. Absolutely loved him as Simon, but I’m so ready for Anthony! Book 2 is my favorite 🤩 #Bridgerton
Not some of y’all wanting to stop watching Bridgerton just because Regé-Jean Page isn’t gonna be in it 🙃 Like??? The book series that the show is based on is about EVERY Bridgerton kids own love story. pic.twitter.com/3atydfkRhI
I'm so sad even though I'm not surprised. Simon's not really in the books anymore. Still wish you could have stuck around for the pall mall game scene in the book but I understand. Fly high Regé! You will be missed 😢
.#Bridgerton Was hoping for some scenes of the Duke and Duchess together, even though they were not prominently in book 2, thank you for bringing Simon Basset, Duke of Hastings to life and looking forward to your future projects(PS you can still change your mind, just saying🙏🏾❤️) pic.twitter.com/eOnZb7Ng6V