The queen of Twitter herself tweeted, “No, @regejean! You CANNOT leave me like that. I WILL NOT have it!”
She added, “I demand a retraction, @bridgerton!!!! I need to hear this news straight from @regejean if this is true,” together with some unimpressed emojis.
The 80-year-old singer even included an audio message addressed to none other than Lady Whistledown herself saying, “Now tell me you are lying with that letter you just wrote? About my, uh uh, he cannot be leaving. No way! I will not have it. And I want him to know it. I want you to know it. So I want you to make a retraction of what I just read, OK? I’m serious. I need to hear from him, out of his mouth, OK? Thank you.”
The Duke of Hasting himself confirmed it by writing on his Instagram, “It’s been an absolute pleasure and a privilege to be your Duke. Joining this family—not just on screen, but off screen too. Our incredibly creative and generous cast, crew, outstanding fans—it’s all been beyond anything I could have imagined.”
He added, “The love is real and will just keep growing.”
Fans will definitely be seeing him in the big screen but the Grammy wasn’t happy. Jill Hopkins told her, “You gotta let him go! He’s got James Bond shoes to fill.” The singer answered back with an angry emoji and a unicorn emoji together with the word, “No.”
The firs to make the announcement was Lady Whistledown herself who wrote in a statement, “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.”
Meanwhile, Phoebe Dynevor who plays Daphne, will still be joining Bridgerton for season 2 which will focus more on the story of Jonathan Bailey’s character, Anthony, and his quest for true love. Season 2 is entitled The Viscount Who Loved Me.