Jessica Lange is leaving FX’s American Horror Story after four seasons on the show.
Lange, 65, has announced she will not be checking into the upcoming American Horror Story: Hotel, the fifth season of Glee creator Ryan Murphy’s anthology series.
Breaking the news to fans during a panel discussion for last year’s American Horror Story: Freak Show at the PaleyFest event in Los Angeles on Sunday, she said, “We’ve had a great run. I have absolutely loved doing these four characters, and in all the madness, I loved the writers, actors, Ryan, the whole insanity of it, the stories, shooting here, shooting in New Orleans, everything… To cut to the chase, yes, I’m done.”
She went on to brand her time on the show an “extraordinary experience” and revealed she could no longer dedicate her time to the series because signing up for each season “is a huge investment”.
However, Lange admits she is enjoying her newfound fame among younger audiences, particularly after playing powerful witch The Supreme in season three’s Coven shows.
She recalls, “Months after we finished the third season, I’m walking down the street in New Orleans in raggedy jeans, a dirty T-shirt, and it’s like 150 degrees. I walk past this group of young boys sitting on these steps, and as I walk past, they say, ‘Holy s**tballs. The Supreme.’ And I thought, In my 40 years of acting, it’s never going to get better than this.’
American Horror Story: Hotel will not be short of stars – Lady Gaga has signed up for a role in the show, while Magic Mike‘s Matt Bomer and Glee actor Cheyenne Jackson will be among the other new additions to the line-up when it premieres this autumn.