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Fans of the major Netflix hit Bridgerton were thrown for a seriously disappointing loop a few days ago, when it was revealed that star Regé-Jean Page would not be returning for Season 2. Even though everyone who's read or looked into the series of novels by author Julia Quinn that the show is based on already knew that Page's potential time on the new season would have been limited, we were all still hoping that we'd see some of his Simon Basset, Duke of Hastings. Luckily, while Page exited the Bridgerton cast before Season 2, he's still having the best time celebrating the show's success.

Regé-Jean Page has had a lot to be very happy about in the past several months, none the least of which is the massive success of both Bridgerton, and the boon its been for his career. While everyone who was cast on the Regency-era romance fit their role perfectly, and many of them now have even larger fanbases after Season 1, Page has been one of the biggest breakout stars from the hit drama. But, just because he seems to be leaving his gig as the Duke behind, it doesn't mean that he's trying to forget all about Bridgerton and its hit status.

Page was right there last night as the cast celebrated their SAG Award nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Drama Series. Take a look at his lovely Instagram post, so we can talk about it, below!

See? That's a sweet nod to both Regé-Jean Page's Bridgerton family, and to everyone else who was nominated in the category. Bridgerton went up against casts for Better Call Saul, Lovecraft Country, and two other big Netflix hits, The Crown and Ozark, for their group award. If you missed the ceremony, you can scroll Page's Instagram post and see that everyone in attendance got a chance to be on screen when their award was up. It was great to see that Page, and several of his castmates, including Nicola Coughlan, were extremely thrilled to have been in the same Zoom as The Crown's current queen, Olivia Colman. It just goes to show how much appreciation they all have for each other!

It makes a lot of sense that Regé-Jean Page would be more than willing to get gussied up in finery and help celebrate Bridgerton's continued success. A large part of that success is due to his portrayal of the Duke of Hastings, and Page's role has brought him several award nominations and wins already. Just last week, he won the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series, and was also nominated at the SAG Awards in the same category. Page lost to Ozark's Jason Bateman, but you can see how gracious he was in missing out on that trophy, as indicated by how he gave a nice shout out to Bateman in his caption.

While it's truly sad that we, apparently, won't be treated to any sightings of the Duke during Bridgerton Season 2, it's clear that Regé-Jean Page loved his time on the show, and still has lots of love for the fans and everyone who helped make the sexy series the biggest hit Netflix has ever seen.

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