Amid 'Bridgerton' Renewal, Rumors Around Regé-Jean Page's Exit Swirl

by Brendan Walker

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Wednesday April 14, 2021
Originally published on April 13, 2021

Regé-Jean Page on "Bridgerton"
Regé-Jean Page on "Bridgerton"  (Source:Liam Daniel/Netflix)

Following the announcement last week that "Bridgerton" star Regé-Jean Page would not be returning to the show for its second season, it's being reported that clashes with the show's producers might have led to his departure. The news comes as Netflix announced the show would return for a third and fourth season.

According to a source for Page Six, "Regé is not coming back to 'Bridgerton' because of creative differences with [executive producer] Shonda Rhimes and her team."

The source, who remained anonymous, also stated that "[Page] wasn't happy with what was planned for his character for Season 2, which would have kept him a player but not the focal point of the show."

In addition to these differences in understanding with producers, Page has also garnered a large amount of interest from a variety of other film and television projects.

Despite the good standing Page is leaving the Shondaland drama on, the source quickly added that, "If you look at all the big names who have left [Rhimes' hit show] 'Grey's Anatomy' in the past, you see you don't disagree with Shonda, nobody is bigger than the show."

Rhimes reacted to the news over the actor's departure when speaking with Vanity Fair.

"I was really shocked, because usually that happens when I've killed off somebody that's been around for a while. Like, we didn't kill him, he's still alive!" she said. "Every season, our job is finding the right people and putting together this incredible, world-shifting romance. I don't know that I expected this much of an explosion, given that every book [in the Bridgerton series] is a different romance."

"Bridgerton," which has been renewed for a third and fourth season by Netflix, is prepared for a future without Page.

The second season, which will focus on Jonathan Bailey's Anthony Bridgerton, has added "Sex Education"'s Simone Ashley as new love interest Kate Sharma. The premise for this plotline was also teased at the end of the show's first season, with Anthony telling his friends that he would be "finding and promptly declaring my intentions to my new viscountess."

Page, who according to Variety was only under contract for a single season, has already found his next project in the form of Paramount's "Dungeons and Dragons" adaptation.

Headlined by the Netflix star, Chris Pine, Michelle Rodriguez, and Hugh Grant, "Dungeons and Dragons" is expected in theaters by March 2023.

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