“I think people are having a hard time letting go.”
The TV executive recently spoke out about Regé-Jean’s departure, explaining that it was the plan at the start.
“We made a one-season deal with him at the beginning of season one. That was the plan: come and do one season as the duke. Anything else that was extra and wasn’t really the plan when we started wasn’t the plan when we finished,” Shonda told Vanity Fair.
While Shonda confirmed that Regé-Jean had been invited to appear in season two cameos, she shut down rumors that were circulating around his decision not to return.
“There’s a lot of fantastically interesting talk that’s been going on, mainly cause I think people are having a hard time letting go,” Shonda said.
Shonda added that she was “really shocked” about the response from fans, as it’s something that usually only happens when a character is killed off.
“We didn’t kill him, he’s still alive! [Regé-Jean] is a powerful, amazing actor and that meant we did our job — every season, our job is finding the right people and putting together this incredible, world-shifting romance,” Shonda explained.
She added that she also didn’t expect “this much of an explosion” as the Bridgerton series features a different romance in each book.
“What would be the ever-after of this combo? I mean, really: what would Regé-Jean do, you know what I mean? We gave them their happily ever after! And now we have this next couple coming. And so yeah, I was like, ‘Whoa!'” Shonda said of the response.
So while fans won’t be seeing more of Regé-Jean in Bridgerton, they can still expect a lot more drama from Lady Whistledown!
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