Regé-Jean Page Finally Addresses Bond Rumours Following Bridgerton Shock Exit

Is he preparing to be the next 007?


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Our beloved Duke of Hastings broke our hearts last weekend when it was announced that he’d no longer be returning to our screens for Bridgerton in season two.

Played by Regé-Jean Page, the character was confirmed to be leaving the show on Saturday when the fictional town’s gossip Lady Whistedown penned a note on Bridgeton’s official Instagram page breaking the sad news.


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“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

“We’ll miss Simon’s presence onscreen, but he will always be a part of the Bridgerton family,” the note read.

And while the exit came as a shock to fans, heads quickly began to work overtime trying to figure out why Regé-Jean Paul was in fact, leaving the show.

Of course, he admitted himself that he felt his timing was always going to be brief on the show, telling Variety that he never planned on a season two for the Duke.

However, curious minds are thinking that there’s more to it and that Regé-Jean is set for the new Bond role, making him unavailable for shooting the second season of the Netflix hit.

Well, it looks like it’s time to finally put that speculation to bed, well, maybe, as the 32-year-old has responded to the Bond rumours.


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Speaking to The Mirror, Regé-Jean said:

“Ah, the B word. I think that if you are British and you do anything of note, that other people take notice of, then people will start talking about that.

“I think that’s fairly normal and I’m flattered to be in the category of Brits that people have noticed. Nothing more – or less – than that.”


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Continuing, the actor admitted that project wise there’s nothing too far in the pipeline, explaining that he thinks now isn’t the best time to be thinking longterm.

“I think the concept of having plans in this moment in history is mildly hilarious. So I’ve given up on making them.”

Well, there you have it. Take it as you will. It’s either confirmation that he’s not Bond or a tactical plot to lead us off the scent?

Maybe the problem is just that we’re not ready to say goodbye to Rege-Jean Page on our screens as the Duke? I think that’s it.


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