Patti LaBelle Joins American Horror Story: Freak Show

Patti LaBelle is sure to bring some soul to next season’s American Horror Story. 

Patti LaBelle performs at the White House March 6, 2014.
Patti LaBelle performs at the White House March 6, 2014. MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images

Say her name: Ms. Patti, Patti!

The incomparable Patti LaBelle has been added to the fourth season of FX’s American Horror Story: Freak Show. According to TV Line, LaBelle will join the cast for four episodes and will portray the mother of Gabourey Sidibe’s character.

American Horror Story: Freak Show’s plot will focus on the last American freak show and be set in Jupiter, Fla., during the 1950s. Labelle, along with playing Sidibe’s mother, will play a local who attempts to help unravel the secrets behind the freak show’s deadly killer clown.

LaBelle will be joined by Jessica Lange, in the lead role; Kathy Bates; Angela Bassett; Frances Conroy; Sarah Paulson; Michael Chiklis; The Hunger Games’ Wes Bentley; Fargo’s John Carroll Lynch; and The Normal Heart’s Finn Wittrock. Chiklis will play Bassett’s husband and Bates’ ex-husband.

The new season of American Horror Story will premiere in October. 

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