‘Bridgerton’ star absent from second series of Netflix hit

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Rege-Jean Page will not return for the second season of record-breaking Regency “Bridgerton,” Netflix said Friday, prompting howls of despair from fans.اضافة اعلان

The wildly popular series from “Grey’s Anatomy” creator Shonda Rhimes puts a modern twist on the books about an upper-class family in early 19th-century England, including color-blind casting.

British-Zimbabwean actor Page was a breakout star for the first season, but his character’s storylines largely conclude in the opening volume of Julia Quinn’s books, which each follow a different sibling of the Bridgerton family.

“Dearest Readers, while all eyes turn to Lord Anthony Bridgerton’s quest to find a Viscountess, we bid adieu to Rege-Jean Page, who so triumphantly played the Duke of Hastings,” said a letter on the show’s Twitter account.