Shonda Rhimes: ‘We did not kill’ Regé-Jean Web page’s character

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“Like, we didn’t kill him. He’s nonetheless alive!”

That’s what Shonda Rhimes instructed Vainness Honest just lately, reacting to the uproar over information that fan favourite Regé-Jean Web page wouldn’t return as Simon Basset, Duke of Hastings, within the second season of Netflix’s hit collection “Bridgerton.”

Rhimes, an govt producer on the collection set in Regency-era England, stated she was “actually shocked, as a result of normally that occurs once I’ve killed off any individual that’s been round for some time” — just like the McDreamy (Patrick Dempsey) and McSteamy (Eric Dane) characters on “Gray’s Anatomy.”

Within the case of “Bridgerton,” Web page’s disappearance is generally to do with the construction of the supply materials, eight books by Julia Quinn that element every of the eight Bridgerton siblings’ love lives. Daphne (Phoebe Dynevor), the rakish duke’s eventual one-and-only, had her story instructed in Guide 1 (“The Duke and I”) and in Season 1. And now that’s performed.

Web page, Rhimes stated, “is a strong, superb actor and that meant we did our job — each season, our job is discovering the suitable individuals and placing collectively this unbelievable, world-shifting romance. I don’t know that I anticipated this a lot of an explosion, given that each ebook [in the Bridgerton series] is a unique romance.

“What can be the ever-after of this combo? I imply, actually: What would Regé-Jean do, you understand what I imply?,” she instructed Vainness Honest. “We gave them their fortunately ever after! And now we have now this subsequent couple coming. And so yeah, I used to be like, whoa!”

Since making a splash (and nabbing a SAG Award nomination) because the dashing duke in Netflix’s in style collection, Web page has hosted “Saturday Evening Reside,” been talked about as a number one candidate to play the subsequent James Bond and nabbed a number one position within the Hasbro-Paramount adaptation of “Dungeons & Dragons,” together with Chris Pine, Michelle Rodriguez and Justice Smith.

Plus he has a pre-“Bridgerton” résumé that features roles within the 2016 remake of “Roots,” the 2018 film “Mortal Engines” and two seasons on ABC’s “For the Individuals.”

“Pleasure and a privilege!,” the London-born actor tweeted in response to Netflix’s April 2 announcement that he wouldn’t be again. “An honour to be a member of the household – on and off display screen, solid, crew and unbelievable followers – the love is actual and can simply continue to grow.”

“We made a one-season take care of him initially of season one,” Rhimes defined, later noting that Web page had been invited to do cameos in Season 2, which is about to begin manufacturing. “That was the plan: Come and do one season because the duke. The rest that was additional and wasn’t actually the plan after we began wasn’t the plan after we completed.”

Netflix introduced Monday that “Bridgerton” has additionally been picked up for seasons 3 and 4. Season 2, based mostly on “The Viscount Who Liked Me,” will give attention to the romantic adventures of Anthony Bridgerton (Jonathan Bailey), the fictional household’s eldest son, and Kate Sharma (“Intercourse Training” star Simone Ashley).

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