To add to the excitement of Season 3's new couple of interest, it seems Page is in talks to make a comeback to the show.
The first season of Bridgerton was a huge success and became the most-watched series on Netflix at the time. Fans could not get enough of the Duke of Hastings, Simon Basset, and were hoping to see more of him in the follow-up season. Much to their disappointment, the star, Regé-Jean Page, decided not to return to the second season.
“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,” a message from the show stated. “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.”
In the second season, we only heard about the Duke's whereabouts but never actually saw him. Our focus was on Anthony and Kate anyway. But the show is coming back for two more seasons. The third season is coming soon with Penelope Featherington and Colin Bridgerton at the forefront. And to add to the excitement, it seems the Duke is in talks to make a comeback to Season 3 of the show.
"Rege-Jean was always very open about his intention to quit the show after the first season and to move on to other projects," a source told The Sun. "But recently there has been a dialogue between him and the show’s bosses." They added, "Nothing has been formally agreed yet," and continued, "Things are very up in the air at the moment, but this will be an exciting year for Rege, without a doubt." Fans speculated that Page quit the show because he was probably up for the role of James Bond at the end of Daniel Craig's tenure as the 007 agent.
When he was asked by Variety if he felt nervous about leaving the show that made him a star, Page had said, "Not at all, because that’s what was meant." He went on to explain, "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." Bridgerton executive producer Shonda Rhimes assured fans that this is not like how she usually drastically kills off characters on her show. "Regé was just doing what his character was written to do — ride off, alive, into his happily ever after."
Audiences had hoped to see him in a cameo at the very least in future seasons of the show. When asked about the same he had stated, "You know I couldn’t tell you!" And added, "Isn’t there something wonderful about being surprised by what you weren’t suspecting?" Maybe we will get to see Simon and Daphne reunite in the third season.