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Billy Eichner Will Join Ryan Murphy's 'American Crime Story' Cast For Impeachment Season

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By Carolyn B.

Good news! Comedian Billy Eichner will be joining the cast of a second Ryan Murphy series. The former Parks And Recreation actor will be joining the second season of Murphy's historical drama, American Crime Story.

The second season of American Crime Story will focus on the Bill Clinton impeachment trial. Eichner has been tapped to portray Matt Drudge, American journalist, political commentator, and founder of the conservative news outlet, The Drudge Report. The website aggregates news, often of a political bent.

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A Key Player In The Scandal

Matt Drudge
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In a series that features affairs, presidents, and high-powered lawyers, the role of a journalist might seem like a side gig. But Drudge was actually a key player in Clinton's impeachment in the late 1990s.

Drudge is actually considered to be the reporter who broke the story to the general public. Despite frequently being accused of sensationalism and exaggeration, Drudge revealed that Newsweek had an unpublished story about Clinton's affair with intern Monica Lewinsky. This report propelled the affair into national history.

Actors Reunite

Sarah Paulson and Billy Eichner
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Eichner will be joining actors Annaleigh Ashford as Paula Jones, Beanie Feldstein as Lewinsky, and Clive Owen as President Clinton himself. Also attached to the cast is acting powerhouse Sarah Paulson, who previously worked with Eichner in two seasons -- Cult and Apocalypse -- of Ryan Murphy's American Horror Story.

Eichner announced the mini AHS reunion while sharing news of his American Crime Story casting via Twitter. The Billy On The Street comedian called Paulson out by name in the post.

A Possible Delay

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Production of the Impeachment installment of American Crime Story has been delayed. The second season of this anthology series was originally meant to premiere later this year in September, but FX network chairman, John Landgraf, earlier stated the series has been put on hold until after November. The exec noted the show may not actually debut until next year.

Landgraf said showrunner Murphy is too busy with his other series, which include Pose and The Politician, preventing him from starting production on American Crime Story until at least March.

Keeping It In The Family

The cast of American Horror Story
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While this news is certainly exciting, it isn't much of a surprise. Murphy has long been known to collaborate with his actors on across his multiple shows. Evan Peters has been cast in both American Horror Story and Pose. Lea Michele was in Glee and Scream Queens.

The showrunner is recently debuted his new Fox series, 9-1-1: Lonestar starring Rob Lowe, who he reportedly wanted to work with for many years. Lowe co-starred with Eichner in Parks And Recreation on NBC.

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