Bridgerton’s Regé-Jean Page quit because he “didn’t agree” with executive Shonda Rhimes “about his character’s direction.”
Fans also believed that he quit the show as he prepares to be announced as the next Bond actor.
Regé-Jean Page had too many issues with the direction his character was taking in the show that he quit the showCredit: Getty
Shonda Rhimes has been known for writing off characters when she has an issue with the actorCredit: Getty
A source revealed to Page Six that Regé-Jean, 31, was willing to sacrifice his role in the Netflix hit, Bridgerton, simply because he didn’t like what the creator of Grey’s Anatomy had planned for his character, Simon Basset, the Duke of Hasting.
“Regé is not coming back to Bridgerton because of creative differences with [executive producer] Shonda Rhimes and her team,” a Hollywood source told the outlet.
The source added: “He 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.”
Season 2 of Bridgerton will now focus on Daphne’s brother, Anthony, finding love and settling down.
However, Regé wasn’t going to lose too much if he quit the show as “”he has been inundated with offers for other interesting and challenging leading roles,” the source further revealed.
Regé-Jean played the Duke of Hastings in BridgertonCredit: Splash
His character was going to become a secondary character in the second season, which became an issueCredit: Splash
Despite Regé potentially being good to go on other projects, the source warned: “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,” adding that Regé is leaving on good terms despite the “creative differences.”
Fans will know that Katherine Heigl, who played Izzy Stevens in Grey’s, Patrick Dempsey, who played Derek Shepherd, and Isaiah Washington, who played Preston Burke, have all been victims of Shonda’s wrath.
Two weeks ago, production confirmed that Regé would not be returning to the show as everyone’s favorite duke.
The statement read: “Dear Readers, while all eyes turn to Lord Anthony Bridgerton’s quest to find a Viscountess, we bid adieu to Regé-Jean Page, who so triumphantly played the Duke of Hastings.
“We’ll miss Simon’s presence onscreen, but he will always be a 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 – more intrigue and romance than my readers may be able to bear.
“Yours truly, Lady Whistledown.”
The actor confirmed the news and further stated that he never believed the Duke should be around for more seasonsCredit: Getty
The actor also shared the statement, adding: “Pleasure and a privilege! An honour to be a member of the family – on and off screen, cast, crew and incredible fans – the love is real and will just keep growing.”
The actor, later on, insisted that he was not set to come back for the second season of the show as he told Variety: “It’s a one-season arc. It’s going to have a beginning, middle, end – give us a year.
‘That’s interesting,’ because then it felt like a limited series. I get to come in, I get to contribute my bit and then the Bridgerton family rolls on.”
He further rejected production’s attempt to get him to come back for just five episodes in season 2.
Sadly, filming would have clashed with his new movie scheduled as he is set to star alongside Chris Evans in upcoming movie The Gray Man, as well as assuming the lead role in Warner Bros movie Dungeons & Dragons, which is scheduled for release in 2022.
Regé has been touted for the role of Bond following Daniel Craig’s decision to step down from the franchise.
In February Regé awkwardly swerved a question on The Graham Norton Show which left fans convinced he will become 007.
His steamy sex scenes in bonkbuster Bridgerton left viewers hot under the collar episode after episode, with his charisma making him a perfect fit for the famous spy.
Regé-Jean is rumored to be the next BondCredit: Getty