Actress Jessica Lange has closed her doors on American Horror Story. After appearing in four seasons, the two-time Oscar winning actress confirmed her retirement from Fox’s hit horror anthology.
Despite a lot of convincing from fans, Lange said she’s stepping down as the show’s leading lady for good. During an appearance on The Charlie Rose Show, Lange settled the controversy once and for all.
“I had four years with [American Horror Story], 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 said, as quoted by Screen Rant.
In the first four seasons of American Horror Story, the 67-year-old actress played the demented next-door-neighbor in Season 1’s Murder House, the strict head nun in Season 2’s Asylum, the Supreme Witch in Season 3’s Coven, and the ring leader in Season 4’s Freak Show. For the American Horror Story, Lange relinquished her role as the show’s main lead to Lady Gaga. The Gaga-led American Horror Story: Hotel earned positive reviews and a Golden Globe Awards win for Lady Gaga as Best Actress.
But theirs is no drama behind Lange’s exit from the show and she remains good friends with American Horror Story creator Ryan Murphy. In fact, the two are teaming up once again for the upcoming anthology series called Feud.
Feud also stars Susan Sarandon and centers on the legendary rivalry between two of Hollywood’s greats—Joan Crawford and Bette Davis—that started on the set of the 1962 film What Ever Happened to Baby Jane. Lange will play Crawford while Sarandon will portray Davis, The Hollywood Reporter noted. Brad Pitt is also on board as executive producer.
Production for Feud begins this fall and the series is slated for a 2017 debut on FX. Meanwhile, Lady Gaga will return for the highly-anticipated American Horror Story Season 6.