Entertainment TV Regé-Jean Page Not Returning for 'Bridgerton' Season 2: 'The Ride of a Lifetime' The breakout star played Simon Basset, the Duke of Hastings, on the hit Netflix series 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 Updated on April 2, 2021 04:36 PM Share Tweet Pin Email It's a sad day for Bridgerton fans: Breakout star Regé-Jean Page is officially leaving the series after one season. On the show's Instagram and Twitter pages, a letter penned by Lady Whistledown confirmed on Friday that the Netflix hit will move on to season 2 without Page, who played Simon Basset, the Duke of Hastings. "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," the note read. "We'll miss Simon's presence onscreen, but he will always be a part of the Bridgerton family." The letter noted that Phoebe Dynevor, who played the Duke's love interest Daphne Bridgerton, will return: "Daphne will remain a devoted wife and sister, helping her brother navigate the upcoming social season and what it has to offer — more intrigue and romance than my readers may be able to bear." 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. Page, 31, addressed news on Instagram with a photo of himself on horseback as the Duke. "The ride of a life time," he wrote. "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. The love is real and will just keep growing." Bridgerton, which debuted last December, has been a massive success for Netflix. Created by Chris Van Dusen, produced by Shonda Rhimes and based on author Julia Quinn's book series, season 1 of the period drama followed Dynevor's Daphne Bridgerton as she concocts a mutually beneficial plan with Simon to pretend to be in a relationship. The scheme was intended to help Daphne find love after struggling to do so following her debut in London high society, while Simon, determined not to marry, aimed for the initiative to help secure his bachelor lifestyle. Regé-Jean Page and Phoebe Dynevor in Bridgerton. Netflix Bridgerton's Intimacy Coordinator Breaks Down the Show's Sex Scenes — It Was Like a 'Circus' "Remember: the Duke is never gone," Rhimes, 51, said on Instagram after news broke of Page's exit. "He's just waiting to be binge watched all over again. #ShondalandMenOnNetflixAreForever." LIAM DANIEL/NETFLIX Love Bridgerton? Here are 11 Other Period Pieces to Tickle Your Fancy Netflix renewed Bridgerton for a second season in January. The new season will follow Lord Anthony Bridgerton, played by Jonathan Bailey, as he attempts to find a wife. Simone Ashley has been cast as his love interest, Kate Sharma. When news regarding the sophomore season's premise emerged earlier this year, questions regarding Page and Dynevor's futures on the series came into question. Van Dusen previously said he hoped to see the pair return. "I hope so," the series creator said on Today. "They are now of course the Duke and Duchess of Hastings, but in my mind they will always be Bridgertons and I think they will always be part of the show." Page is next set to appear in the films The Gray Man and Dungeons & Dragons. He has sparked rumors about taking over the coveted role of James Bond after Daniel Craig steps down later this year.