Entertainment TV 'Bridgerton' 's Adjoa Andoh Explains How Regé-Jean Page's Exit Makes Sense for the Show's Arc Regé-Jean Page's exit from Bridgerton was announced on April 2 By Dory Jackson Dory Jackson Instagram Twitter Website Dory Jackson is an Associate Editor for PEOPLE's digital TV team. While at the brand, she's had the opportunity to interview a long list of celebrities, from Kate Hudson to Pierce Brosnan to Billy Porter. She also recaps popular TV shows like The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and Vanderpump Rules.The New York-based Maryland native graduated from Randolph-Macon College in May 2016 with a focus in Communication Studies and Journalism. She came to PEOPLE in March 2021 after working at a number of major news companies, including Newsweek and Us Weekly. She also previously co-hosted a podcast called "Idol Nation." People Editorial Guidelines Published on April 15, 2021 07:14 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Bridgerton star Adjoa Andoh is explaining why Regé-Jean Page's exit from the series makes sense ahead of the show's second season. During an appearance on E!'s Daily Pop on Thursday, Andoh opened up about what fans can expect from the popular period drama's sophomore outing following Page's departure. "We're following the overriding framework of Julia Quinn's beautiful novels. There are eight Bridgerton children: one down, seven to go," the British actress, who plays Lady Danbury, said. "Season 2, it's Anthony Bridgerton (Jonathan Bailey), so there you are. That's the arc of the show. We all love Regé and we're all going to miss Regé." Bridgerton's Regé-Jean Page: 7 Things You Need to Know About the Heartthrob Andoh, 58, went on to share that she and Page "share a love for punk" before adding, "He's a lovely man and he'll be my friend for life." Bridgerton is a Shonda Rhimes-produced drama that was created by Chris Van Dusen based on author Julia Quinn's book series of the same name. One month after the show premiered in December 2020 to acclaim from fans and critics alike, the series scored a second season renewal. Adjoa Andoh and Regé-Jean Page in Bridgerton. LIAM DANIEL/NETFLIX Page, 31, announced via Instagram on April 2 that he would be leaving his role as Simon Basset, Duke of Hastings after just one season. "The ride of a life time. It's been an absolute pleasure and a privilege to be your Duke," he captioned his farewell post. "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. The love is real and will just keep growing ❤️❤️❤️💫." Fans erupted with backlash across social media following the surprise announcement, which ultimately shocked Rhimes. Never miss a story — sign up for PEOPLE's free daily newsletter to stay up-to-date on the best of what PEOPLE has to offer, from juicy celebrity news to compelling human interest stories. "I was really shocked, because usually that happens when I've killed off somebody that's been around for a while. Like, we didn't kill him, he's still alive," the Grey's Anatomy creator, 51, told Vanity Fair on Tuesday. "[Regé-Jean] is a powerful, amazing actor and that meant we did our job — every season, our job is finding the right people and putting together this incredible, world-shifting romance." Rhimes added: "I don't know that I expected this much of an explosion, given that every book [in the Bridgerton series] is a different romance." The Steamiest Photos of Bridgerton's Regé-Jean Page Page recently told Variety that he was previously made aware of plans to only have him on the show for one season, which was something that he found intriguing. "[I thought] 'That's interesting,' because then it felt like a limited series," the Sylvie's Love actor said. "I get to come in, I get to contribute my bit and then the Bridgerton family rolls on." Bridgerton, which began production on its second season in London last month, was renewed for a third and fourth season on Tuesday.