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‘American Horror Story: 1984’ Won’t Feature Sarah Paulson

Published on August 13, 2019

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American Horror Story returns this fall with 1984. This season is dedicated to the glory days of ’80s horror films. Much like previous seasons, longtime AHS fans can expect to see some madness at every turn. What they won’t see, though, is Emmy winning star, Sarah Paulson.

Not Coming Back This Time

The actress is slated to not appear on the forthcoming series in a major capacity. As expected, fans have been losing their minds on the internet. Some fans will be avoiding this season. “Guess I will be taking a break from AHS as well,” Twitter user LaLooola said. Some don’t seem to really care at all. “This is no longer news! AHS fans are certain that the remaining cast has more than enough talent to make this season another gripping success and leave the audience begging for more,” Twitter user kimbrarangel4 said.

Angela Bassett knew her absence could change the show. “I think it’s going to be very disappointing for a lot of fans,” she said on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen. Bassett got her start with the franchise in AHS: Coven as Marie Laveau. She reprised the role in last year’s AHS: Apocalypse.

Lots Of Stuff On Her Plate

Paulson’s absence from 1984 revolves around her busy filming schedule. On the small screen, she’s working on Mrs. America for FX and Ratched for Netflix. Mrs. America is based on the struggle to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment. The show features Cate Blanchett portraying Phyllis Schlafly. Paulson will be playing a character named Alice. Mrs. America will arrive next year. Ratched is based on the character Nurse Ratched from One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. This show will also feature Cynthia Nixon, Sharon Stone, Judy Davis, and Corey Stoll. There’s no release date for the show, which has a two-season deal with Netflix.

On the film side, Paulson will appear in RunThe Goldfinch, and Abominable. Next month, The Goldfinch and Abominable will be released in theaters. Run, which is directed by Aneesh Chaganty, will be released on January 24, 2020.

She’s Not The Only One

Paulson isn’t the only longtime star not showing up on AHS: 1984. Evan Peters revealed he wouldn’t show up back in April. One main reason for his absence involves his mental health. Constantly portraying evil characters didn’t sit well with him. “It’s been all a massive stretch for me and really difficult to do. It’s hurting my soul and Evan as a person. There’s this massive amount of rage that’s been called upon from me, and the emotional stuff that’s been called on me for Pose has been heartbreaking, and I’m sick. I don’t feel good,” he told GQ.

Also airing on FX, Pose is a drama surrounding the African-American and Latino ballroom culture. Peters portrayed Stan Bowes, who cheats on his wife with fellow character Angel. Peters left the show after the first season. His work on Cult earned him an iHorror Award for Best Horror TV Actor last year. Another star that bowed out is Billy Eichner, who appeared in Cult and Apocalypse. “I can’t do AHS this year but boy oh boy I had a blast and I love all those crazy kids a lot,” he said on Twitter.

Bringing In Some New Faces

While Paulson was busy, there’s a chance she could’ve filmed a small cameo for AHS: 1984. With her and Peters gone, some new blood will take center stage for the new season. Gus Kenworthy, Angelica Ross, Matthew Morrison, DeRon Horton, and Zach Villa will make their AHS debut. Returning to the show are Emma Roberts, Billie Lourd, Leslie Grossman, Cody Fern, and John Carroll Lynch. AHS: 1984 will debut on September 18.

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