Shonda Rhimes doesn’t see what the large deal over Regé-Jean Page’s “Bridgerton” exit is, saying in a brand new interview she’s “shocked” by the fan response over the information.
In a brand new interview with Self-importance Truthful printed Tuesday, Rhimes addressed the actor’s current departure from the present for the primary time.
“Often that occurs once I’ve killed off someone that’s been round for some time,” she stated of the web’s dramatic response, including, “we didn’t kill him, he’s nonetheless alive!” (Sensational character deaths are a trademark of Rhimes’ tv, from “Gray’s Anatomy” to “Scandal.”)
Rhimes, 51, was additionally eager to reaffirm that Page’s exit after the primary season of the present was in place from the start.
“That was the plan: come and do one season because the duke,” she stated. “The rest that was further and wasn’t actually the plan after we began wasn’t the plan after we completed.”
In an apart, Self-importance Truthful famous that Rhimes, 51, later clarified that “Web page was invited to return for Season 2 cameos, together with a couple of different Season 1 characters outdoors the Bridgerton household.”
“There’s a number of fantastically fascinating speak that’s been happening,” she added vaguely, “primarily ’trigger I believe persons are having a tough time letting go.”
Web page Six solely reported Monday that he left the present over “artistic variations” with Rhimes.
Web page “wasn’t proud of what was deliberate for his character for Season 2, which might have stored him a participant however not the point of interest of the present,” a Hollywood supply advised us.
“In the event you have a look at all the large names who’ve left [Rhimes’ hit show] ‘Gray’s Anatomy’ prior to now, you see you don’t disagree with Shonda, no person is greater than the present,” they added, although they famous that Web page is leaving the present on good phrases regardless of the behind-the-scenes shuffle.
“Bridgerton” producer Betsy Beers echoed that final level to VF, calling Web page “a beautiful actor and a terrific man.”
Whereas everyone seems to be in settlement on Page’s one-season arc, the conflicting narratives appear to come back all the way down to the character of his involvement within the second season. The Hollywood Reporter stated Web page “was provided a possibility to return as a visitor star in three to 5 episodes of Season 2 — at a fee of $50,000 an episode — however declined for a mess of causes,” which included “an consciousness that Simon wouldn’t be a focus in Season 2.”
Web page advised Selection earlier this month that he opted to do “Bridgerton” — watched by a file 82 million households globally — as a result of his function was a “one-season arc” with a “starting, center [and] finish” during which he might “contribute my bit after which the Bridgerton household rolls on.”
Regardless of the cause for Page’s exit, he’s definitely not trying again: He subsequent stars in Paramount’s big-budget “Dungeons and Dragons” with Chris Pine, Michelle Rodriguez and Justice Smith.
In the meantime, “Bridgerton” was renewed for a 3rd and fourth season, as its second — which is able to observe Lord Anthony Bridgerton (performed by Jonathan Bailey) — started filming this week.