Emma Roberts apologises to American Horror Story co-star Angelica Ross following alleged transphobic comments

Angelica Ross announced on X that Emma Roberts called to apologise following the actor's alleged transphobic comments on the set of American Horror Story.

Emma Roberts and Angelice Ross in American Horror Story. The pair stand side by side. Angelica is speaking with her arms crossed while Emma is straight faced.
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Ahead of the premiere of Ryan Murphy’s American Horror Story: Delicate last night, September 20, actor Angelica Ross took to Instagram Live to speak about the way she had allegedly been treated by co-star Emma Roberts when they filmed together.

In the original video, Ross claimed that Roberts was joking around on set with a man named John (presumably AHS director John J. Gray). 

“John, Angelica is being mean,” Ross recalled Roberts saying on set. The unspecified John then said, “OK, ladies, you know, that’s enough. Let’s get back to work.”

Roberts allegedly took this opportunity to make an offensive remark about Ross’ transgender identity. 

“Don’t you mean lady?” Roberts allegedly asked, implying that she was the only woman present.


“Like, what the f*ck did you just say?” Ross remembered thinking, as per her Instagram Live. “I’m standing there, she walked away, my blood is boiling. Boiling because I’m like, if I say something, it’s gonna be me that’s the problem. And I know this because there was someone who spoke up about what she was doing and they got repercussions from it. Not her — they did.

“When I saw that happening, I was just like, ‘I’m done. I’m done.’ I didn’t speak to that b*tch the entire time after that,” Ross continued. “She said to me she could feel the energy coming off of me. She was like, ‘Are you OK? You haven’t been talking.’ I’m like, ‘Mmhmm,’ Cause b*tch don’t play me. You’ve been playing mind games with everybody on the set and everybody’s been waiting for the moment that you would get me.”

Ross similarly mentioned Roberts’ alleged transphobia in another video, referring to the AHS regular as “Ms E.R.”. Ross claimed that Ms E.R. was generally irritating to work with on the set of American Horror Story: 1984, later confirming on X (formerly Twitter) that Ms E.R. was, in fact, Emma Roberts. 

Following Ross’ Instagram Live, fans rushed to her aid, condemning Roberts for her alleged transphobic behaviour. However, as some fans’ support began to verge on threatening Roberts, Ross stepped in. 

“Let me make something absolutely clear,” Ross wrote. “I appreciate the support but please do not joke about violence towards Emma. Joke about her being held accountable.”

Later, Angelica Ross took to X once again to announce that she had been in contact with Emma Roberts following her Instagram Live, and claimed that her co-star had apologised for her alleged behaviour on set. 

“Thank you @RobertsEmma for calling and apologizing, recognizing your behavior was not that of an ally,” Ross wrote. “I will leave the line open to follow up on your desire to do better and support social justice causes with your platform.”


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