Gillian Anderson Is Not Coming Back for American Gods Season 2

Gillian Anderson will not be returning as Media for season 2 of the STARZ series American Gods, apparently. After the sudden departure of showrunners Bryan Fuller and Michael Green, the already-ordered second season of the series is having serious issues.

Anderson in American Gods Season 1

In a recent interview with the Los Angeles Times (blink and you’ll miss it) about returning for season 11 of X-Files, author Sarah Rodman says that Anderson isn’t coming back for American Gods.

The text of the interview reads:

One of those things, unfortunately, will not be appearing again as the new god Media in the second season of “American Gods” on Starz. Anderson says the departure of showrunners Bryan Fuller and Michael Green means she will not return to the show.

This, of course, isn’t a direct quote, and searches for any evidence of a direct quote from Anderson on this subject result in nothing except the LA Times piece.

Fellow Fuller show alum Kristin Chenoweth, who played goddess Easter in season 1 of American Gods, is also unsure about returning to the series without Bryan and Michael.

“When Bryan was the showrunner, I was coming back for several episodes, but I don’t know now. It depends on who it is and if they think I add value or not.”

Only time will tell what’ll happen for the series, as no new showrunner has been named to take over yet.

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