Sarah Paulson in American Horror Story

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Here's a scary thought for "AHS" fans: Sarah Paulson won't be one of the stars of "American Horror Story: 1984."

Sources have told Variety that the Emmy-winning actress doesn't have a major role in the anthology series' upcoming ninth season. While Deadline reports that she'll have a smaller part, it seems she won't be the presence on the show that fans have been accustomed to it recent years. Paulson started as a recurring character in the debut season of the series, "Murder House," and has been a regular in every installment since then, often playing multiple characters.

There's been no comment on the news from either Paulson's camp or 20th Century Fox Television, the studio behind the show. What we do know for sure, though, is that the actress is very much in demand. Her upcoming FX series "Mrs. America" is currently in production and she'll star in Ryan Murphy's Netflix series "Ratched." Paulson also has multiple film on the way, including "The Goldfinch," "Abominable," and "Run."

Needless to say, many "AHS" fans are shocked to hear she's out, as their tweets show:

Paulson isn't the only "AHS" staple to step away from the series this season. Evan Peters shared in April that he would "sit a season out" for the first time. Things are going to be different in "1984."

"American Horror Story: 1984" premieres Wednesday, Sept. 18 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on FX.

[via: Variety; Deadline]