‘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. I don’t know if she can be replaced, she’s that good. That’ll probably be the end of it for me, then. Sad to see her go.

    • She can’t be replaced, ever. After the 4th season I’m done with the show.

      • You guys aren’t real fans then. As good as she is, it isn’t “The Jessica Lange Show.” The show will still be great without her. Fake ass fans

        • Agreed JJ.

          I love Lange, I always have been a huge fan of her acting. But, I also love Lily Rabe, Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson, Frances Conroy-
          And, this season, I learned to love Emma Roberts, Kathy Bates, and Angela Basset.

          I will always watch AHS, and even if Lange goes- they’ll still be able to captivate me with the other characters– new or old.

        • Hmm, fake fans? We are all individuals with unique interests. For me, Jessica Lange has been such at the core of my intrigue of the show. I’m open to seeing what the next season will bring but not confident it will hold my interest without her at least worked into the story to some degree.

  2. Then I will thank her for four seasons of absolute excellence. Every season (so far) has experienced the same problems in terms of pacing. Style over substance (indulgently so in season 3. Excellent craft but far from always necessary). Connectivity of themes. But Ms. Lange has never once been anything other than utterly remarkable in every second of her screen time.

    She’ll be missed. It will hurt the show. Fatally? We’ll see.

    • ^ This

      • Not sure if you’re pointing to the comment above you or the Gremlin…

  3. It’s terrible

  4. There’s no wondering as to whether or not this show will have a fifth season. Of course it will. Critically acclaimed show with a large fanbase? No brainer.

  5. The show is getting annoying when they always use this old lady to play sexy roles. She is great but there are too many sexy old lady things within the 3 seasons.

    • Says a lot about Lange then considering that a woman of her age is still alluring and attractive and not just physically either.

      She’ll be missed and honestly, other than season 2, I haven’t been impressed with the show and Lange is the only positive thing about it (I’d mention Lily Rabe too but she’s barely been in it other than her major role in season 2).

  6. No! She’s been so amazing in all 3 seasons, it’s such a shame she’ll be leaving. Do we have any word as to whether Angela Bassett or Kathy Bates are returning? Hopefully good news like that will lessen the blow of losing Jessica.

    • Ryan Murphy has stated that Kathy Bates and Angela Basset are both looking to sign up for season four, so I think it’s safe to say we’ll be seeing more of them!

  7. She is a Amazing actress. We have been fortunate to have her grace the small screen. Rent Blue sky! Or Music box! Francis! Or Country to see her at her best.

  8. I will miss her but the show is good with or without here. You have to remember that she isn’t that young. She probably wants to settle down. She has been acting for so long and she deserves to take a break. I know the show will still be good even after the 4th season is over and she leaves. I will miss her acting in the show but let her go and give someone else the spotlight. We will miss you Jessica Lang thank you.

  9. Although she was one of the best parts of the show, I think it’d be great if Kathy Bates replaced her.

  10. This is so sad. She is the reason I watch AHS. She’ll be missed.

  11. I enjoy her but I will still watch. There seems to be a bunch of Jessica Lange fans here and no AHS fans. The show will be fine. Heck it may be better, who knows.

    Great Actress? Yup, amazing, but this isn’t Micheal leaving The Office or Mulder leaving the X-Files, or Scully for that matter. She has had a different role every year. She played them perfectly but I don’t see how her leaving could cause any fan to quit watching the show.

    On plus side after season for they will have to find a new main character every season because hers always took up a chunk a screen time.

    • *On the plus side after season FOUR

    • Funny thing is, I’d never heard of Jessica Lange until this show and I only tuned in for season 2 because of the hype for it on this website (went back to watch season 1 and was bored by it by the time I got to episode 5, forcing myself through the rest to see how it ended, something I won’t repeat for any other show again).

      We’re only 4 episodes into season 3 of AHS so far but I’m getting the same boredom vibes I had by this point while watching season 1 (and Marvel’s Agents Of SHIELD too) and honestly think Lange really is the best thing the show has going for it so if she goes then I think I’ll give it a miss too if it continues beyond season 4.

      It’d be like watching Lethal Weapon without Mel Gibson and Danny Glover.

      • @ Dazz
        Sorry to say it but it doesn’t seem to be getting much better.
        We are a few episodes ahead here and while I’m still hopeful for a turn around AHS is becoming close to a series that I record and watch whenever compared to a must watch on Wednesday.
        While I think Lange, Paulsen and Rabe are all stellar (as always) and Bates and Bassett are great additions the younger women of the cast are terrible.
        As always with this show there’s a chance for a turn around and maybe by the time it’s over I’ll look back on these episodes as a necessary evil but as of now this season ranks at the bottom of the 3 so far.

        • That’s strange that you say that. So many have considered this season the best of the 3. I’ve really enjoyed thus far.

      • I’ve got to disagree with that Dazz. Simply because Gibson and Glover didn’t play different characters in each Lethal Weapon movie. That’s what I love about AHS, every season in brand new in its own way. Other actors can fill in next season and who knows who may join on as the lead.

        One thing you can’t deny the is that the quality of acting is always above the grade on AHS regardless of Lange or not. Don’t get me wrong though because Lange is awesome in the show but I don’t think it hinges on her.

      • With all due respect, you have never heard of Academy Award-winning actress Jessica Lange. How old are you? I suggest you watch her in the following movies: Footsie, France’s, The Music Box, Blue Skies and so many more. If you like her in AHS, then you will become a true fan. She is is a both a gifted and prolific actress whose performances transcend all genres.

  12. I’ll be sad to see Lange go but after seasons 1 and 2 and her performance being 1 of the few highlights of this season I’ll just say thanks for the memories and good luck.
    Sadly in Hollywood when an actress reaches Lange’s age most options are Moms and Grandmothers but Lange has proven that she’s still one of the most talented and with few equals one of the sexiest women working today.
    Hopefully she’ll take a year off and maybe then come back but even if she doesn’t from here on out whenever I see her name attached to a project it will be a must watch IMO.

  13. Wonder how they’ll kill her off.

    • It’s an anthology series. It’s a new story with a whole new set of characters each season. She’s not playing the same character, or anything like that. She won’t be killed off, she just won’t come back for a new season (aka a new story, new set of characters).

  14. I don’t think the show will continue on without her. I love it but I think she’s really the heart of the show. I can’t imagine AHS without her. I doubt I will watch it after Season 4. So far, Constance Lange from Season 1 is my favorite of the characters she has portrayed. She had the best lines. Season 1 is still my favorite season with this season a close second.

  15. Oops, I meant Constance Langdon

  16. Sad to see her go – A very fine actress :(

  17. Oh you make the show. Ugh, hate to see you go. I get it, when its time its time. Thank you for keeping my interest. Kudos to you and your work on the AMH series.

  18. Lange’s performances have been fantastic, but I can’t imagine any true AHS fan would stop watching because of her departure. It would be such a shame to see the show fail to air a fifth season just because one original actress left. The show is fantastic not only because of the great acting, but because of the genius writing and ability to create a seemingly
    endless hunger for more. I don’t think the quality of the ladder will decrease because of her leaving. To those who won’t watch because Lange is leaving, I promise you will be missing out.

  19. Omg Jessica Lange leaving the show, so sad but she deserves a break, what a talent
    kathy bates , angela bassett just brillent they should take over,
    As for the younger ones Emma Roberts terrible, Evan peters what is his character all about ? not his best performance, loved him in season 1

    • Huh?
      Emma Roberts is great, her character of Madison is an absolute evil, wicked b****- and that is why I love her. Roberts played her part real’ well, although I agree with you about Evan.
      I think the show could do without Kyle, I mean, I don’t mind him. But he doesn’t add anything.

  20. Jessica IS American horror story. Nobody can replace her! Man, she can act.
    She leaves, I will too.

  21. It is said she will finish at the end of season 4 but remember it’s the end of her contract they may offer something she simply can not refuse!
    I’m not worried just yet!

  22. She is a great actress and will surely be missed, but come on guys, why does that have to kill the show?

    I’m more interested in the plot.

    One thing I Would really like to see this next season is a better writer and not so many loose ends or things that don’t quite fit. Like the random alien abductions on season 2 (really!?!?!?) and in season 3 Zoe’s vagina of death.

  23. She is the best of AHS. But the show must go on. I really love her acting, but may I remember that Two and a Half Men went on without Charlie Sheen. Not with the same tone of course.

    • And since Charlie left, it’s been a total bust. No where near as funny with Ashton. I’m afraid AHS won’t be as good without Ms. Lange. She is one of a kind. She cannot be replaced. She’s has been my favorite actress since King Kong. She’s too awesome. I love Jessica.

  24. It’s unfortunate news, but it isn’t just the cast that has held our attention throughout these three seasons. Yes Jessica Lange is an incredible actor but this show has many other amazing actors as well. Each season has been captivating with its twisting plots and alluring characters. As long as the shows way of unique story telling stays the same, I’m sure it will continue to please.

  25. What is the date that season 4 will begin? This last season wasn’t long enough, it started & then poof it was over!

  26. While Jessica Lange is an amazing actress for this show to have, she is only part of the ensemble. Just as they have added Kathy Bates and Angela Bassett to their cast, I imagine they will find another actress to replace Jessica. I can think of several actresses who would be a terrific addition to this show.

  27. all though i share interests with many other AHS fans regarding her departure. i must say i’m shocked by those saying they won’t continue watching the show.
    yes she owns her moments on the screen and i literally sit there just waiting for her next scene and see what twisted plans she has in mind. but the fact is that this woman wants a vacation, and she truly deserves it.
    some of these comments were half-way threats. “wont be watching unless she’s on”. comon guys. give her some respect. she would want you to keep watching. i know i will.

  28. Jessica, we will not let you go. You have to do each and every season. You’re the Queen Bee. There is no American Horror Story without my gal Jessica. Say it isn’t so. Drug her and have her sign for many seasons to come. JK. haha

  29. Jessica Lange for ever and ever one of the best actriz in the world, I am really sad to see her go for not coming, please think it twice before leving her go. i don`t know if i will watch AMERICAN HORROR without her. a big kiss for you Jessica.