Bridgerton threw many great actors our way, two of them being the leads, Phoebe Dynevor and Rege Jean Page.
After the first season of the series aired in December, Page became a universal crush. Fans had come to love his character—the Duke of Hastings—and it came as quite a shock when the actor revealed he’s quitting the show.
Last month, Adjoa Andoh, better known as Lady Danbury, opened up about Page’s exit. Now, Dynevor herself has chimed in on the subject.
Phoebe Dynevor says Rege Jean Page’s Bridgerton exit wasn’t surprising
“I had a bit of a heads up, so I knew. But yeah, I guess it is a spanner,” Dynevor said during the May 20 episode of the Variety Awards Circuit Podcast.
“But again, the show centers around the Bridgertons and there are eight books. And I think maybe the fans of the books were more aware of that happening than the fans of the show. Because I think the fans of the books know that every episode is about a different sibling.”
The Netflix drama is based on Julia Quinn’s novels. Each novel, and hence season, focuses on a different Bridgerton sibling. So, while season one focused on Daphne Bridgerton, season two will revolve around her older brother, Anthony.
Explaining the same, Dynevor said, “We’re very much passing on the baton to the lovely Johnny [Bailey], who plays Anthony and that will be the main storyline of season two and the story arc of season two.”
“Obviously, it’s sad to see [Page] go,” the 26-year-old actress said. “But I’m looking forward to being reunited with my family.”
While the cast members say they saw Page’s departure coming, there were rumors that he left the show because of creative differences.
“Regé is not coming back to Bridgerton because of creative differences with Shonda Rhimes and her team,” Page Six reported in April. “He wasn’t happy with what was planned for his character for season two, which would have kept him a player but not the focal point of the show.”
Whatever the reason may be, Phoebe Dynevor will always cherish working with Rege Jean Page.
“I remember shooting the last scene in episode one where Rege and I have, like, our first dance together,” she recalled. “And I remember thinking, ‘Wow, this feels kind of special.'”