‘American Horror Story’ to Lose Jessica Lange After Season 4

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Whether it’s explored secret-haunted suburbs, the heart of madness, or witches at war, American Horror Story has been anchored by a consistent core cast over three seasons. This central group includes Frances Conroy (How I Met Your Mother), Sarah Paulson (12 Years a Slave), Evan Peters (X-Men: Days of Future Past), and Lily Rabe (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay).

However, easily the most recognizable member of American Horror Story‘s cast is Jessica Lange (Grey Gardens), who has received many plaudits for her work on the ensemble series. Unfortunately, it looks as if Lange has decided to part ways with American Horror Story – but only after its recently announced fourth season.

Entertainment Weekly has shared the scoop that Lange will depart American Horror Story at the close of its fourth season. Lange cited a desire for more personal time as the primary reason for leaving the commitment-heavy production.

She stated:

 “It ends up being a lot of time during the year being committed to something… I haven’t done that for a long time. It’s like doing a stage play between the rehearsal and the run. This is a 6-month commitment every year. That will be four years in a row. I want to have more time to myself I guess. Once it’s over and I have a full year ahead of me with nothing to do, who knows? It might not have been the best decision. But I think four years doing something is a sufficient amount of time.”

In the same EW piece, American Horror Story creator Ryan Murphy made it clear that Lange will be given a fittingly over-the-top final role in season 4. He also dropped vague hints as to this upcoming season’s content, mentioning that (like season 2) it will be a period piece.

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While fans of American Horror Story will surely be sorry to see Lange go, her departure is far enough off that it’s hardly an overwhelming issue . . . for now. After all (though it is unlikely to be otherwise) one must wonder whether there will even be a season 5 of American Horror Story.

Given the show’s heretofore skillful ability to craft twisting, complex narratives centered on sprawling ensemble casts, American Horror Story will no doubt adapt to Lange’s loss between seasons. In this way, American Horror Story could show off its true strength as an annual anthology – kept consistent by creative teams and tone, but able to shift enough between larger stories that it could conceivably be a very long-term prospect. In this sense, Lange’s departure could be as much a creative boon as it is a handicap.


American Horror Story: Coven continues its horrifying tale on FX on Wednesdays at 10 p.m. EST.

Source: EW

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  1. Please don’t leave the show Jessica Lange. I love the show and all the other actors/actresses but I agree with Ashley, your the Queen Bee!

  2. When will this be aired in the uk ??

  3. I have to say she is one of the best actors on television since 1980. I love her
    in American Horror Story she puts everything into her character on the show.
    I will miss Mrs Lange, love you, and hope to see you in other movies or television
    shows you are one of my favourite actors if not my favourite.

  4. Jessica it is because of you we watch the series, we do understand the toll the hours are taking on you but please please …don’t leaveeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee :(

    • Love you love you love you

      • Yes u j l :) impressive!!

  5. Jessica you are the queen of the show. I hate to see you go. I related to you the best in all of the american horror story shows, so i always put myself into your character and i would have done anything different. YOU ROCK! I will truely miss your characters.

  6. Well, season 4 will be my last then.

  7. What an absolute bummer! I truly believe Jessica Lange makes this show what it is! She is the reason I watch this! Her character and personality are so fitting! What a sad announcement that she will be leaving after this season, im not sure I will even be interested if there is a season 5 without Jessica :(

  8. nooooo please please don’t leave!!! You are amazing and it won’t be the same with out you!! Please please stay!!

  9. I love you Jessica!! You’re incredible on AHS

  10. I do NOT want to see Jessica go nor do I want to accept she’s leaving AHS. She is the show and plays her part well. I love her style and strength on the show. Jessica makes the show and I couldn’t fathom anyone filling her shoes. I’m hoping she’ll just take some time off, realize she misses the show and decides to come back.

  11. I feel like this article was somewhat disrespectful to Jessica Lange.

  12. I understand Jessica Lange needed some time to unwind and be by herself after doing a straight 4 years of AHS. However, I don’t see how the show will be a huge success if Jessica not on it. She rocks every part she is given and then some. She is beyond an incredible awesome actress in every way. I hope she doesn’t leave the show. If she does leave the show, who ever comes in behind her, will have to pull of a big miracle to compare to Jessica Lange.

  13. please dont leave!!!we look forward to such an original show with all the returning stars but ESPECIALLY JESSICA LANG!!! what a great show!!

  14. Please don’t leave a show

  15. I love this show!
    I was so sad to hear about Jessica Lange leaving. She is such a great and talented actress. I wish she wouldn’t go but I understand her wanting time off. Hopefully she’ll come back after having a break. Will miss her greatly! Love you Jessica!!!