Jessica Lange's AHS Exit: Co-Creator Ryan Murphy Tempts Her With a Plan B

Jessica Lange Freak Show

Don’t count Jessica Lange out just yet!

Despite previous statements that Freak Show — premiering Wednesday at 10/9c on FX — will be Lange’s final season of American Horror Story, co-creator Ryan Murphy is now hopeful that the series’ leading lady will be back for more.

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“This is her favorite season, without question,” Murphy told reporters Tuesday. “I really want her to keep her hand in. Does that mean 13 episodes? Does that mean six? Does that mean one? She and I are probably going to have a dinner date when the holidays come.”

So how will Murphy convince Lange to stay on board?

“It always starts with a character for Jessica, so I think I’d have to present her with something she was very interested in,” he explained. “Before, I was met with a really quick ‘No.’ Now, I’m hearing, ‘Well, let’s keep talking.’ So I thought that was a very good sign. … I think if I presented her with the right character, and it could work with her schedule, she might be interested. … That’s my hope.”

And if all else fails, Murphy joked, “I’m sending her bribes every day.” (At least, we think he was joking.)

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