Phoebe Dynevor addresses Rege-Jean Page’s ‘Bridgerton’ exit

Nearly two months after Rege-Jean Page stunned “Bridgerton” fans by announcing he won’t return as Simon, the Duke of Hastings, in Season 2, Phoebe Dynevor, who plays his onscreen love and wife, Daphne Bridgerton, is addressing his departure from the hit Netflix show. “I had a bit of a heads up, so I knew,” Phoebe says on the May 20 Variety Awards Circuit Podcast. “But yeah, I guess it is a spanner. But again, the show centers around the Bridgertons and there are eight books. And I think maybe the fans of the books were more aware of that happening than the fans of the show. I think the fans of the books know that every episode is about a different sibling.” While Season 1 focused on Daphne and Simon’s troubled romance-turned fairytale love story, the second season takes viewers into the life of Daphne’s brother, just like the book series does. “… We’re very much passing on the baton to the lovely Jonathan [Bailey], who plays Anthony,” Phoebe explains. “And that will be the main storyline of Season 2 and the story arc of Season 2. We were all aware of that. Obviously, it’s sad to see [Rege] go but I’m looking forward to being reunited with my family.” At the same time, Phoebe added, she did feel some serious chemistry on-camera with Rege. “I remember shooting the last scene in episode one where Rege and I have, like, our first dance together. And I remember thinking, ‘Wow, this feels kind of special,'” she shared. “There were, like, fireworks going off behind us and it was, like, really romantic music. It felt like a really special moment, but you never know if it’s going to come out on camera and the audience is going to feel that buzz, too. It’s hard to tell.” Phoebe is reportedly dating “Saturday Night Live” star Pete Davidson in real life.

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