Bridgerton star Adjoa Andoh has given her opinion on Regé-Jean Page leaving the Shondaland and Netflix series after the first season.
According to E! Online, Andoh, who plays the formidable Lady Danbury in the series, said the series is sticking to the outline of the books by Julia Quinn.
“We’re following the overriding framework of Julia Quinn’s beautiful novels,” she said. “There are eight Bridgerton children: one down, seven to go. Season two it’s Anthony Bridgerton, so there you are. That’s the arc of the show.”
Even though Page won’t be a part of the upcoming season, Andoh said he will remain a part of the cast’s Bridgerton family.
“We all love Regé and we’re all going to miss Regé, but it’s not a huge surprise,” she continued. “[Page’s humor], the way he loves to have a good argument [and] discuss and ruminate about things” are traits Andoh said she’ll miss the most about having him on set. “We both share a love of punk [music],” she added, highlighting how she and Page found friendship on set. “He’s a lovely man and he’ll be my friend for life.”
Fans were outraged when it was announced Page wouldn’t return for the second season. Page’s character, Simon Basset, the Duke of Hastings, quickly became a fan favorite. Viewers cite his character being gone from the show as the main reason they might reconsider watching future seasons of Bridgerton. Meanwhile, Page is exploring a fast-evolving movie career, with offers coming in after his whirlwind time on the Shondaland series.
The second season of Bridgerton is set to follow Daphne’s brother, Anthony Bridgerton (Jonathan Bailey) and his journey to find love. Charithra Chandran and Simone Ashley have been cast as Edwina Sharma and Kate Sharma, two characters who are new to London and become part of the Bridgertons’ lives, including Kate becoming Anthony’s love interest. The series has already been renewed for its third and fourth seasons.