The announcement via the Bridgerton Twitter page read: “Dearest 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.”
Coral, the bookmakers, has placed Regé-Jean as the favourite to take over from Daniel as Bond, with odds of 5/2 compared to Tom Hardy and James Norton, who are joint second-favourites at 3/1.