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Bridgerton actor Regé-Jean Page has left fans heartbroken after quitting the hit Netflix period drama series after just one season.

The actor played the role of heartthrob Duke of Hastings in the uber-successful first series.

A statement posted online confirmed the news saying: "Dear Readers, while all eyes turn to Lord Anthony Bridgerton's quest to find a Viscountess, we bid adieu to Regé-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.

"Daphne will remain a devoted wife and sister, helping her brother navigate the upcoming social season and what it has to offer – more intrigue and romance than my readers may be able to bear.' Yours truly, Lady Whistledown."

While many fans are gutted to seen Jean- Page go his character is only really mentioned in the first of Julia Quinn's novels – on which the show is based.

Speaking to Variety about the role, Jean Page admitted he was attracted to the role by the fat it was short term.

He told the US publication: "It’s a one-season arc.

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"It’s going to have a beginning, middle, end – give us a year."

He added: ""[I thought] ‘That’s interesting,’ because then it felt like a limited series.

"I get to come in, I get to contribute my bit and then the Bridgerton family rolls on."

Insisting he doesn't feel like he was cut out of the show too soon, the actor added: "I have nothing but excitement for Bridgerton continuing to steam train off and conquer the globe.

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"But there is also value in completing these arcs and sticking the landing."

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