Each piece of information released on American Horror Story: Cult has made the seventh season seem more and more promising. So, naturally, the time has come where some bad news has to be broken, and it’s been revealed that the upcoming election-themed season loses acclaimed Kathy Bates.
Bates has played an integral part in Ryan Murphy‘s series since joining in 2013 for season 3, Coven. Her portrayal of sadistic slave owner and killer Delphine LaLaurie won her an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie. She since appeared in Freak Show as bearded lady Ethel Darling, Hotel as Cortez manager Iris, and Roanoke as main antagonist, the villainous Butcher.
Bates’ exit likely won’t be permanent as Jessica Lange‘s was, and is mainly owing to scheduling conflicts with her upcoming Netflix series Disjointed, where she plays “a perpetually stoned Los Angeles cannabis-lover living out her longtime dream as a dispensary owner“. She has remained committed to Murphy’s other projects including Feud, in which she starred alongside Lange.
Kathy Bates’ career rocketed after her Academy Award winning role in Misery (1990), but was reignited by her work on American Horror Story. As with most who star on the show, a lot of is owed to AHS. Not all is lost, however, as veterans Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters and Cheyenne Jackson return to the series.