Evan Peters has confirmed he won’t be starring in American Horror Story this year.

Since 2011, the American actor has portrayed various iconic characters on the acclaimed horror series, such as Tate Langdon, Kit Walker, Kyle Spencer, Jimmy Darling, James Patrick March, Kai Anderson and Jeff Pfister.

Despite his status as a fan favourite, Evan’s revealed that he won’t be appearing in the upcoming ninth season – which is presumed to air in Autumn this year – marking the first time in the show’s history he won’t be present.

“I’m gonna sit a season out,” was all he had to say when asked by Extra if he’d be returning.

Earlier this year, Evan told GQ he had a desire to take a “sabbatical” to focus on other endeavours he’s passionate about, while last year he opened up about the negative effects starring in American Horror Story has had 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.”

While Evan won’t be appearing in the upcoming season, it was recently confirmed that series veteran Emma Roberts will be returning, and that Olympic athlete Gus Kenworthy will be making his acting debut as her on-screen boyfriend.

Check out 12 cast members from American Horror Story that we hope will be making a comeback for season nine.

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