He is one of the standout stars of the most popular show ever on Netflix.
So news that Regé-Jean Page will not return for season two of hit TV period drama Bridgerton has left fans aghast.
“I WILL NOT have it”, wrote singer Dionne Warwick as she joined the reaction on social media.
Bridgerton was watched by 82 million households in its first month on Netflix, making it the streaming platform’s biggest original series.
British-Zimbabwean actor Page played a leading role as Simon, the Duke of Hastings – an eligible but rebellious young bachelor in an alternative telling of Regency era London’s debutante balls.
The announcement of his departure came on Friday in a memo from the show’s fictional gossip columnist Lady Whistledown.
‘We’ll miss Simon’s presence onscreen, but he will always be part of the Bridgerton family,” it said.
“It’s been an absolute pleasure and a privilege,” said Page.
“Joining this family – the connection on and off screen, with our cast, our crew, all the incredible fans, has been like nothing I could have ever imagined.”