After Netflix announced Regé-Jean Page would not be returning to ‘Bridgerton’ for its second season, fans were upset. But how did producer Shonda Rhimes feel?
Shonda Rhimes shared her true feelings about Regé-Jean Page‘s exit from Bridgerton in a recent interview, revealing how surprised she actually was at the fan furor after Netflix announced his departure from the series. “I don’t think I expected everybody to have such a reaction to it,” the showrunner shared with Variety in their latest cover story. “My assumption of what people knew of romance novels was … I overestimated a great deal.”
After Regé-Jean starred in season 1 of the period romance, fans definitely grew fond of his character, Simon Bassett, the Duke of Hastings, and also became attached to his relationship with Daphne Bridgerton, played by Phoebe Dynevor. “People’s attachment to couples is real — I mean, I know that better than anybody,” Rhimes continued. “And I think that means success. But I do understand their despair.”
The Grey’s Anatomy producer went on to explain why she thought the actor wouldn’t return for any of the forthcoming seasons. “And here’s why,” she said. “He’s an enormous star now. As I like to say, the idea that we would write Regé to stand around in the background doesn’t make any sense at all to me. ‘What would he do?’ is what I like to…