Just as Vice President Gerald Ford stated when he assumed the office of president for the departing Richard Nixon, Sarah Paulson’s “long national nightmare is over” when it comes to her involvement in FX’s American Horror Story.
According to an exclusive report in Variety, long-time American Horror Story cast member Paulson will not appear in the anthology series’ upcoming ninth season, entitled American Horror Story: 1984. Paulson has appeared on each and every season up to this point.
Paulson exit follows those of fellow cast members Evan Peters and Billy Eichner, who are also taking a break from the long running series.
Paulson first came to prominence on AHS, where she was nominated for five Emmys. She also won the Emmy for “Best Actress in a Limited Series” for her role in Ryan Murphy’s follow-up to American Horror Story, American Crime Story, as attorney Marcia Clark of the infamous OJ Simpson murder case.
Paulson is keeping busy with many other projects and “She will continue working with Murphy on the upcoming Netflix series Ratched, which tells the origin story of the notorious Nurse Ratched from One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. That series has received a two-season commitment. On the film side, Paulson will star in the Lionsgate-produced Run, while she will also appear in the drama The Goldfinch and animated film Abominable, the latter two of which will both be released in September.
American Horror Story: 1984 will premiere on Sept. 18 on FX. As usual, “little is known of the plot or setting of this season, with Murphy releasing a teaser that was stylized like a 1980s slasher movie. Murphy had also previously announced that Emma Roberts would be appearing in the new season.”