On June 21, Regé-Jean almost broke the Internet when he reunited with his former co-star Jonathan Bailey — leading man of Bridgerton Season 2 — in Italy during Milan Fashion Week. The two stars linked up and walked to the Giorgio Armani fashion show together, all smiles. On Instagram, Regé-Jean posted a photo of himself and Jonathan walking down the street in Milan with the caption: “The boys are back in town. ❤️”
Soon after, fans began to eagerly speculate whether this reunion and Regé-Jean’s caption meant that the former Duke of Hastings would be returning for Bridgerton Season 3 — especially since Jonathan has already confirmed his return alongside S2 star Simone Ashley.
“Wat is da meaning of this, duke and viscount huh?” wrote one fan on Twitter, posting the same photo Regé-Jean posted on IG.
“The Duke and the Viscount looking so good together… right on time to get back (soon) on set for season 3,” wrote another, adding a starry-eyed emoji.
But Regé-Jean cleared the air a few hours later, editing his caption on Instagram to add some clarity. “(No, I’m not going back to the show btw – the papers made that one up.),” he added below his original heartwarming caption. “But we had the best, and most stylish, catch up I’ve had in a while over some truly excellent Italian coffee and sunshine ☕️.”
Sigh. While the news that Regé-Jean will not be returning for Bridgerton Season 3 is definitely heartbreaking, we still have so much to look forward to in the Ton: more Kanthony, a super-steamy Polin romance arc, and an already-announced Season 4. (Call us hopeless romantics, but we’ll definitely still be keeping our fingers crossed for a Duke of Hastings cameo down the line. Never say never, right?)