Ahead of Its Season 2 Debut, Netflix Renews Bridgerton For Season 3 and 4

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While we were busy celebrating the news of Netflix’s hit series Bridgerton getting an extension of Season 2 and mourning the departure of its charismatic lead star, Regé-Jean Page’s, the streaming platform has dropped yet another news- given its popularity, the series has been renewed for Season 3 and Season 4 as well!

Bridgerton swept us off our feet. The creative team, led by Shonda Rhimes, knew the material and delivered a beautiful, emotional, romantic drama for our members. They have some exciting plans for the future, and we think audiences will continue to swoon for this show. We’re planning to be in the Bridgerton business for a long time to come,” said Bela Bajaria, VP global TV at Netflix, in her statement.

“From the first time I read Julia Quinn’s delicious Bridgerton series, I knew these were stories that would captivate a viewing audience. But the evolution of this adaptation would not be a success without the many significant contributions of the entire Shondaland team. This two-season pickup is a strong vote of confidence in our work and I feel incredibly grateful to have partners as collaborative and creative as Netflix. Betsy [Beers] and I are thrilled to have the opportunity to continue bringing the world of Bridgerton to a worldwide audience,” added executive producer Shonda Rhimes. 

Going by the fact that the first season on Julia Quinn’s first book in the Bridgerton series, the second season of the Netflix show is going to depict the story in the next novel i.e., The Viscount Who Loved Me. But the announcement of the second season was followed by the confirmation that the leading man Regé-Jean Page would not be a part of the show. 

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Netflix (via Lady Whistledown) had confirmed the new that Regé-Jean Page will not be returning as Simon Basset in Season 2 of Bridgerton. 

“Dear Readers, 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,” a tweet from Lady W read. “We’ll miss Simon’s presence onscreen, but he will always be a part of the Bridgerton family.”

As reported by The Hollywood Reporter, though Page had only a one-year deal with the makers of Bridgerton, he was offered the proposition to return as a guest star in the second season. He would have made an estimated $50,000 per episode but he turned down the offer.  

“It’s a one-season arc. It’s going to have a beginning, middle, end – give us a year,” Page shared in a chat with Variety. “[I thought] ‘That’s interesting,’ because then it felt like a limited series. I get to come in, I get to contribute my bit and then the Bridgerton family rolls on.”

But no matter how heartbreaking the news of Page’s exit is, it sits well with the fact that the upcoming season (currently in production) will focus on Lord Anthony Bridgerton’s (Jonathan Bailey) search for a suitable bride as he “intends to dominate the social season.” Sex Education‘s Simone Ashley will be seen opposite him as the leading lady. 

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