The Emmy-winning tv mogul told Variety this week that she doesn’t expect Page to reprise his relation arsenic Simon Basset, the Duke of Hastings, successful aboriginal seasons of “Bridgerton.”
“Rightfully, helium said, ‘I signed up to bash this 1 beauteous story, this closed-ended storyline. I’m good!’” said Rhimes, who is an enforcement shaper connected “Bridgerton” and “Grey’s Anatomy,” among different beloved shows. “And I don’t blasted him for that. I deliberation that helium was truly astute to permission the perfection arsenic the perfection.”
Page nabbed an Emmy nomination for his portrayal of the duke connected the archetypal play of “Bridgerton,” which debuted successful December 2020. In April, it was announced that the British and Zimbabwean heartthrob would depart the series arsenic his quality was lone intended for a single-season arc.
Season 2, which is slated for merchandise adjacent year, volition alternatively absorption connected Lord Anthony Bridgerton, played by Jonathan Bailey.
The exact circumstances surrounding Page’s exit from “Bridgerton” stay unclear. Later successful April, The Hollywood Reporter cited “sources adjacent to the show” who claimed the histrion had, successful fact, rejected an offer to look successful betwixt 3 and 5 episodes of Season 2 for $50,000 per episode.
The histrion ne'er publically commented connected that report, but he’s parlayed his newfound fame into a big of projects. Next year, Page volition look successful the Netflix thriller “The Gray Man,” which stars Chris Evans and Ryan Gosling. He is besides often name-dropped successful speculative reports implicit who mightiness win Daniel Craig successful the James Bond franchise.
That breakout success, Rhimes told Variety, is yet different crushed she can’t envision a script successful which Page would travel backmost to “Bridgerton.”
“He’s an tremendous prima now,” she explained. “As I similar to say, the thought that we would constitute Regé to basal astir successful the inheritance doesn’t marque immoderate consciousness astatine each to me. ‘What would helium do?’ is what I similar to say.”
It seems Rhimes has decided to construe fans’ despondency astatine the duke’s lack arsenic a motion of the spot of some the amusement and Page’s dreamy performance. Still, she offered fans her condolences.
“People’s attachment to couples is real — I mean, I cognize that amended than anybody,” she said. “And I deliberation that means success. But I bash recognize their despair.”