Murphy clarified statements he made on 'Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen.'
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American Horror Story: Election? Let’s pump the brakes a bit. After creator Ryan Murphy stated season 7 of his horror anthology would tackle the 2016 presidential election, he clarified Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton won’t appear as characters.

Murphy, who accepted the Television Showmanship of the Year distinction at the Publicists Guild Awards luncheon on Friday, told the audience (via Indiewire), “The themes of American Horror Story have always been allegories. You will not see Trump and Clinton as characters on the show.”

However, he did joke of Sarah Paulson, who presented him the award, “Now as I look over at Sarah Paulson, I think of [Trump aide] Kellyanne Conway. I don’t know! I might be rewriting!”

Murphy initially told Andy Cohen on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen earlier this month, “I don’t have a title, but the season that we begin shooting in June is going to be about the election that we just went through.”

So far, Paulson and her fellow anthology regular Evan Peters are the only announced cast members for the next installment of the series. In January, FX renewed AHS for two additional seasons.

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American Horror Story

An anthology series that centers on different characters and locations, including a haunted house, an insane asylum, a witch coven, a freak show, and a hotel.

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