It’s been literal hours since I learned beautiful man Regé-Jean Page will not be in Bridgerton season 2, and I’m still upset about it. Turns out the internet is too, so join me as I laugh through the tears at all the comments and memes mourning the end of the Duke of Hastings. You may as well have killed him off, Netflix. What even is the point now?
For those of you just learning about this horrible news, Netflix and Page confirmed the actor will not reprise his role as the Duke of Hastings in season 2 of Bridgerton.
Netflix, or Lady Whistledown, pinned it down to the second season focusing on Lord Anthony Bridgerton (Jonathan Bailey) as he tries to find a Viscountess, not Daphne (Phoebe Dynevor) and Simon.
And no, this is not a delayed April Fool’s gag. I thought so too at first. Sigh.
Page, meanwhile, told industry publication Variety that he had only signed up for the one season of Bridgerton. That was the plan all along.
“It’s a one-season arc. It’s going to have a beginning, middle, end,” Page told Variety.
“I get to contribute my bit and then the Bridgerton family rolls on.”
The pain, it hurts.
As you can imagine, fans of the show have not taken the news well. We’re absolutely devo.
Same, Kim, same.
— S.B. (@theSheenaB) April 2, 2021
rege jean-page leaving bridgerton… pic.twitter.com/Y0BKSZie4f
— ????maya (@mitskisthumb) April 2, 2021
— MelanatedMermaid????????♀️ (@purple_byobow) April 2, 2021
— Iamrootingforeveryoneblack (@OpinionatedQue2) April 2, 2021
Daphne will but we bid adieu
remain a to Regé-Jean
devoted wife Page, who so
& sister, triumphantly
Duke of Hastings
— ???????????????????????? ⁱˢ ᵃ ˢᵉᵇᵃˢᵗⁱᵃⁿ ˢᵗᵃⁿ×² ᵃᶜᶜᵒᵘⁿᵗ (@bloodyrachell) April 2, 2021
why in the FUCK would I watch bridgerton without the duke of hastings???? it simply won't do
— are you there god? it's me, dionne (@OhDionne) April 2, 2021
THE DUKE?? NOT IN SEASON 2 OF BRIDGERTON???
Don't they know he's the reason we watch the show pic.twitter.com/HUfdxP4Vye
— Kendra Leigh (@KendraS28_) April 2, 2021
This next one – oh my god, I’m laughing so hard.
— Olivia Truffaut-Wong (@iWatchiAm) April 2, 2021
There better be a real good reason for Regé-Jean not coming back to Bridgerton! This news really ruined my morning!
— Kalen Allen (@TheKalenAllen) April 2, 2021
— planna (@planna79) April 2, 2021
rip to simon basset the duke of hastings, he’s not dead he’s just not in season 2 ???????? pic.twitter.com/Xq61AUW3XD
— M ???? (@m_bee4) April 2, 2021
just told my mam the guy who plays the duke of hastings in bridgerton isn't coming back next season and you'd swear i said that i shat in the kettle
— caitlín (remix) (@CRAFTYNAGGlN) April 2, 2021
I haven’t told my mum yet for that exact reason.
I’m still holding out hope that Regé-Jean Page will ride into a later season of Bridgerton. The show is based on the eight-novel series by author Julia Quinn, so you never know.
The second season will introduce Anthony’s love interest, Kate Sharma, to the ton. She will be played by Sex Education‘s Simone Ashley. That’s something to look forward to – I’m trying to look at the positives here. I’M TRYING.
To be honest, this is the only silver lining.
it makes perfect sense to me that regé-jean page is leaving bridgerton…to become one of the biggest stars on the planet in the next five years
— rachel syme (@rachsyme) April 2, 2021
Bridgerton is streaming now on Netflix.