More than a season arc? Rege-Jean Page reportedly passed on a significant sum of money to return for season 2 of Bridgerton.
The 31-year-old actor was offered the chance to guest star in three to five episodes of Season 2 but declined to reprise his role as Simon Basset, the Duke of Hastingsaccording to The Hollywood Reporter. The outlet reported that Page would have received $50,000 per episode if he accepted.
the Roots alum reportedly turned down the deal due to his desire to pursue his film career. However, The Hollywood Reporter also claimed that he was never intended to be part of season 2, and the production did not talk about a possible return until January or February after he became the star of the series. Still, he could appear in future seasons, the outlet noted.
Season 1 of Bridgertonwhich premiered on Netflix in December 2020, focused on the love story surrounding Simon and Page de Phoebe Dynevoris Daphne Bridgerton. Season 2 will focus on Jonathan Baileyis Anthony Bridgerton and Simone AshleyIt’s Kate Sharma.
Nevertheless, fans were shocked on Friday, April 2, when the official Bridgerton The Twitter account announced that Page would not be returning for another season. “As all eyes turn to Lord Anthony Bridgerton’s quest to find a Viscountess, we bid farewell to RegÃ©-Jean Page, who so triumphantly played the Duke of Hastings,” said the statement, written from the viewpoint of the show’s narrator, Lady Whistledown. . “Simon’s on-screen presence will be missed, but he will always be part of the Bridgerton family. Daphne will remain a devoted wife and sister, helping her brother navigate the upcoming social season and what it has to offer â more intrigue and romance than my readers may possibly be able to bear.
the For the people alum, for his part, explained his exit on Friday, confirming that he was only set to appear in the first season. “It’s a one-season arc. It’s going to have a beginning, a middle, an end â give us a year,â he said. Variety from his first conversations with the producers. “[I thought] “It’s interesting,” because it felt like a limited series then. I can come in, I can contribute, and then the Bridgerton family moves on.
Page added that he has “only excitement” for the series as it continues without him, but “it also helps to finish those arcs and stick the landing.”
The London native then expressed his gratitude via instagram. “The ride of a lifetime,” he said on Friday. “It has been an absolute pleasure and a privilege to be your Duke. Joining this family – not just on screen, but also off screen. Our incredibly creative and generous cast, our crew, our amazing fans – it all topped it all. what I could have imagined. The love is real and will only grow.
Page’s partners have yet to speak about his departure. Production of season 2 of Bridgerton began in London on March 29 with the reading of the first tableau.