Will Jessica Lange Return For American Horror Story Season 6? Here's What She Says

Just as it has happened for many years, 2016 will feature the month of October, which means American Horror Story will be supergluing your eyeballs open to take in its shock-tastic next season in full. Something fans have been wondering about is whether or not actress Jessica Lange might choose Season 6 to be the time she returns to the ensemble genre-bender. And while we’re used to getting the hemming and hawing from Hollywood’s elite, the actress had a pretty blunt answer when asked recently by Charlie Rose.

No. I think, you know, 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 for me. But no. I think sometimes you come to the end of something and it has had its natural…

Well damn. She didn’t even finish her sentence before trailing off all smoothly like that. This is just the kind of behavior we’d expect from a former witch, mother of a mass murderer, freak show-operating amputee and vindictive nun. She’s just breaking hearts left and right, and she doesn’t even have the couth to look us in the eye and apologize. Admittedly, that occurrence would be more frightening than anything on American Horror Story last year.

As one of the core characters in Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk’s anthology series for its first four seasons, Jessica Lange asserted herself as the crass and chain-smoking foundation upon which these torrid stories were built, but then she opted out of returning for Hotel last year. Things looked a little brighter some time later, when Lange wasn’t quite as determined not to make an appearance, but apparently nothing too amazing happened in the interim for her, as she makes it sound like returning to American Horror Story again would just be ludicrous.

Lange’s exit from the hit FX horror allowed Lady Gaga to step in and try her hand at being a leading lady in primetime, winning a Golden Globe for her blood-soaked efforts. Gaga has confirmed she will return for the as-yet-unthemed Season 6, though probably not in a starring role, since the next year will be a big one for her music career. Lange can make these declarations now, but I truly hope it can be worked out so that one season will feature Lady Gaga and Jessica Lange starring opposite one another. Even my goosebumps have goosebumps for that prospect. Or it might just be a rash I got from using Fiona Goode’s Supreme Body Wash.

Check out Jessica Lange dropping the bad news herself in the Charlie Rose clip below.

Lange actually does have another huge TV role coming up, and it’s one that will reconnect her with Ryan Murphy. She’ll star as Joan Crawford alongside Susan Sarandon’s Better Davis in the Hollywood-themed anthology Feud, which will focus on the hectic production of Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? That situation might not have had killer clowns or voodoo demons, but it was no less a horror than American Horror Story’s past efforts.

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