Prior to the fall 2014 premiere of American Horror Story's fourth season -- subtitled Freak Show -- Oscar and Emmy winner Jessica Lange made it known that she would not be coming back for season 5. Lange had made an impressive shift to television with her memorable supporting performance in AHS' debut season, and had gone on to play starring roles in the following three installments. At the time, many fans were upset about her departure, and the skepticism increased following the announcement of pop superstar Lady Gaga as the series' new female lead. Still, the show must go on, and the Gaga-lead AHS: Hotel season ended up getting a positive enough reception that the singer-turned-actress has been invited back for season 6 of the series.
In the time since Lange exited American Horror Story, creator Murphy has maintained that he would love to have her back eventually, and that he hoped he could convince her to retake her place as AHS' leading lady. While it's unknown if he's ready to officially give up on that dream, Lange has once again reinforced that she is done with the series. During a recent appearance on The Charlie Rose Show, Lange was asked about possibly returning to the series, and responded with the following:
“No, I had four years with that, four seasons, and each year was a marvelous character. Everything changed from one year to another which made it very interesting to me. But no, I think sometimes you come to the end of something and it has had its natural—”
Lange didn't get a chance to finish that last sentence before host Rose cut her off, pointing out that "people loved you in that." While he's not wrong -- as Lange herself then acknowledged -- the love of the fans isn't enough to pull her away from new acting projects she has lined up since. In addition to her theater work, Lange is set to star alongside fellow Hollywood A-lister Susan Sarandon in Murphy's latest anthology project for FX, entitled Feud. The series' debut season revolves around legendary showbiz rivals Bette Davis and Joan Crawford.
Will Jessica Lange ever return to American Horror Story? Based on her above sentiments, it doesn't seem likely. Regardless, she leaves behind a great legacy via her terrific characters in the first four seasons, and her shadow will rightfully loom large over the series' future installments.
American Horror Story returns for season 6 this fall on FX.
Source: The Charlie Rose Show