“American Horror Story: Cult” will edit its mass-shooting opening from this week’s episode for the version that airs on TV, but the unedited version will be available on VOD, FX announced Monday.
The network said that this month’s Las Vegas attack led co-creator Ryan Murphy and the rest of the show’s producers decided to make “substantial edits” to the violent public-shooting scene that was filmed over the summer.
“This opening, which was filmed two months ago and which portrays an occurrence of gun violence that has sadly become all too common in our country, contains a sequence that some viewers might find traumatic,” FX said in the statement.
The unedited episode can be viewed on digital platforms FXNOW and FX+, along with VOD platforms.
Executive producer Murphy previously said at this weekend’s New Yorker Festival that the episode would be edited.
“I believe I have the right to air it,” Murphy said about the scene. “But I also believe in victims’ rights and I believe that now is not the week to have something explosive or incendiary in the culture.”
FX’s statement is below:
In light of the tragedy last week in Las Vegas, Ryan Murphy and the producers of ‘American Horror Story: Cult’ have chosen to make substantial edits to the opening scene of tomorrow night’s episode (Tuesday, October 10, 10 PM ET/PT). This opening, which was filmed two months ago and which portrays an occurrence of gun violence that has sadly become all too common in our country, contains a sequence that some viewers might find traumatic. Only the edited version of the episode will air on the FX linear channel, while the unedited version of the episode will be available on the VOD platform of your cable, satellite or telco provider, as well as on the FX Networks non-linear platforms, FXNOW and FX+.
“American Horror Story: Cult” airs Tuesdays at 10/9c on FX.