After it was revealed that series veteran Evan Peters won’t be returning for the next season of FX’s anthology horror series, fans were left concerned over who else might not be making an appearance – and now there’s another name to add to the list.

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Billy Eichner – who played Harrison Wilton in season seven, Cult, and both Brock and Mutt in season eight, Apocalypse – took to Twitter to reveal that he won’t be starring in American Horror Story this year.

“I can’t do AHS this year but boy oh boy I had a blast and I love all these crazy kids a lot,” he wrote in response to a fan.

The highly-anticipated follow-up to Apocalypse will premiere on FX on 18 September.

The ninth season of American Horror Story is sub-titled 1984, and it seems safe to assume that it will be set in the 1980s (duh), especially given the 80s slasher feel of the trailer, but beyond that we know very little.

What we do know is that previous cast member Emma Roberts will be back alongside Olympic freeskier Gus Kenworthy, who will be making his acting debut as Emma’s on-screen boyfriend. Sarah Paulson’s role on the show is still undecided.

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Evan Peters, who’s starred in every season of the show since 2011, told GQ earlier this year that he wanted to take a “sabbatical” from AHS to focus on other endeavours because the series had taken an emotional toll on his mental health.

“I’m goofy, I’m silly, I like to have fun. I don’t like to yell and scream. I actually hate it. I think it’s disgusting and really awful, and it’s been a challenge for me. Horror Story sort of demanded that of me,” he said.

“It’s been all a massive stretch for me and really difficult to do. It’s hurting my soul and Evan as a person.

“There’s this massive amount of rage that’s been called upon from me, and the emotional stuff that’s been called on me for Pose has been heartbreaking, and I’m sick. I don’t feel good.”

We recently rounded up five of the best fan theories that we could totally see happening when AHS: 1984 arrives this Autumn – check them out here.

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