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Bridgerton’s Rege-Jean Page claims he was ‘not at all’ nervous about leaving the show


Regé-Jean Page has claimed he was ‘not at all’ nervous about leaving Bridgerton.

The actor, 31, announced his departure from the Netflix hit in April, much to the shock of viewers, but told Variety on Wednesday how his character was only meant to be in one season.

When asked if he was nervous about leaving the role of Simon Basset the Duke of Hastings behind, he said: ‘Not at all, because that’s what was meant.

Thoughts: Bridgerton’s Regé-Jean Page claimed in an interview with Variety on Wednesday that he was ‘not at all’ nervous about leaving the show

Simon was this bomb of a one-season antagonist, to be reformed and to find his true self through Daphne

‘I think one of the bravest things about the romance genre is allowing people a happy ending.’

Regé-Jean added that after his announcement was made public he made sure to keep his phone ‘across the room’ so he didn’t have to see their reaction immediately.

He also compared leaving the raunchy period drama to graduating from High School, saying he was ‘afraid of the unknown’ and not making good friends like he did on the Bridgerton set, but has since learned otherwise.  

Story: The actor said his character Simon Basset, the Duke of Hastings was meant to only appear in one season and have a 'happy ending' (pictured with his co-star Phoebe Dynevor)

Story: The actor said his character Simon Basset, the Duke of Hastings was meant to only appear in one season and have a ‘happy ending’ (pictured with his co-star Phoebe Dynevor)

The actor also shared his support for Brazilian fans of the books for their support when he was cast in the role, because they backed him regardless of the fact he didn’t have ‘blue eyes’ or look like the character on the page.

Regé-Jean is one of many actors tipped to take over the role of James Bond from Daniel Craig, however he refused to discuss the potential of him taking the part of 007, and went so far as to call it the ‘B-word’.

He stipulated that he didn’t like discussing roles he was ‘not doing’, and said he is happy with his current career prospects. 

The show’s creator Chris Van Dusen promised viewers a love story ‘as sweeping and moving and as beautiful as viewers have come to expect’ for the upcoming season, despite the absence of heartthrob Regé-Jean. 

had his time: Regé-Jean claimed: 'Simon was this bomb of a one-season antagonist, to be reformed and to find his true self through Daphne'

had his time: Regé-Jean claimed: ‘Simon was this bomb of a one-season antagonist, to be reformed and to find his true self through Daphne’

Filming for the show kicked off at the historic Old Naval College at the University Of Greenwich on Wednesday, underneath the illustrious backdrop of sites including Queen’s House and the Royal Observatory.

The London landmark has long been home to multiple big-budget productions, including The Crown and the 2013 film Thor: The Dark World. 

When he announced his departure, Bridgerton’s executive producer Shonda Rhimes ‘dismissed’ the idea of creative differences being the reason behind his exit from the Netflix show.

In a recent interview, she addressed the actor’s departure from the popular period drama for the first time, saying she was ‘shocked’ at the fans’ response to the news. 

Setting record straight: When he announced his departure, Bridgerton's executive producer Shonda Rhimes 'dismissed' the idea of creative differences being the reason behind his exit

Setting record straight: When he announced his departure, Bridgerton’s executive producer Shonda Rhimes ‘dismissed’ the idea of creative differences being the reason behind his exit

Yet she shut down talk that she was behind the decision, telling Vanity Fair: ‘There’s a lot of fantastically interesting talk that’s been going on, mainly cause I think people are having a hard time letting go.’ 

She also dismissed claims that Regé-Jean turned down a deal for cameo appearances in Bridgerton’s second season, after it was reported that his lesser role in the next season was behind his reason to quit the show. 

Reiterating that she had only made a one-season deal with the star, Shonda said she didn’t expect ‘this much of an explosion’ from the viewers.  

The first season focused on the romance between Daphne Bridgerton, portayed by Phoebe Dynevor, and Simon, Duke of Hastings.

Bridgerton has been renewed for a second, third and fourth season with Netflix, and the next season is based on Julia Quinn’s second Bridgerton novel The Viscount Who Loved Me.

The book sees Anthony Bridgerton (Jonathan Bailey) go on the hunt for a suitable bride when he meets Kate and Edwina Sheffield, renamed Sharma for the show.

While he tries to pursue Edwina he finds himself becoming attracted to Kate instead, despite the fact they are often at odds with each other. 

Simone Ashley was announced to be playing Kate, and her character’s surname has been altered to reflect Simone’s South-Asian background.

Exciting: Bridgerton has been renewed for a second, third and fourth season with Netflix, and the next season tells the story of Anthony Bridgerton (Jonathan Bailey, pictured)

Exciting: Bridgerton has been renewed for a second, third and fourth season with Netflix, and the next season tells the story of Anthony Bridgerton (Jonathan Bailey, pictured)

The show has been praised for mixing up tired casting, and featuring BAME cast members in prominent societal roles such as Regé-Jean as the Duke of Hastings, Golda Rosheuvel as Queen Charlotte, and Adjoa Andoh as Lady Danbury.

In February, star Jonathan promised the show’s second season will feature plenty of steamy sex scenes because they are ‘at the heart’ of the show in an interview with The Mirror.

Reflecting on the show, the actor, 32, said: ‘The thing that’s so at the heart of Bridgerton is intimacy and identity and sexuality – and so of course that’s something we’re going to have to make sure we continue with.

‘The amazing producers will work magic, I’m sure, to make sure we still get the steaminess that we all deserve.’

Starring role: Simone Ashley (pictured) was recently announced to be playing Kate Sharma in the forthcoming season of Bridgerton, and Kate is Anthony's love interest

Starring role: Simone Ashley (pictured) was recently announced to be playing Kate Sharma in the forthcoming season of Bridgerton, and Kate is Anthony’s love interest



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