Netflix has announced that one of its hit show “House of Cards” will be returning for its sixth and final season without star Kevin Spacey.
Netflix’s content chief Ted Sarandos made the announcement, saying Robin Wright will be the season’s lead. Production for the season had been suspended indefinitely after Spacey was accused of sexual harassment by actor Anthony Rapp.
Recall that others also came forward with allegations of harassment at the hands of Spacey, including 8 current and former “House of Cards” employees. Netflix had in November said they would no longer be working with Spacey, after being pressured to cancel the show. “We are excited to bring closure to fans,” Sarandos said.
Netflix has surprised fans of its Emmy-nominated political drama ‘House of Cards’ by announcing that series would come to an end at the conclusion of its upcoming sixth season. This is coming after its lead actor Kevin Spacey was accused of sexual harassment by fellow actor Anthony Rapp.
On Sunday, Anthony Rapp in an interview with Buzzfeed News said he was 14-years-old when actor Kevin Spacey made a sexual advance toward him. He said the advances happened after a party at Spacey’s apartment in 1986.
While dropping another bombshell, the Discovery actor and Broadway star announced he is gay. In his words: ‘ I have loved and had romantic encounters with men throughout my life, and I choose now to live as a gay man.’
In a statement on Monday, Media Rights Capital and Netflix, who produce House of Cards, responded to the allegations against Spacey, saying they were “deeply troubled” by the news.
“In response to last night’s revelations, executives from both of our companies arrived in Baltimore this afternoon to meet with our cast and crew to ensure that they continue to feel safe and supported. As previously scheduled, Kevin Spacey is not working on set at this time,” the statement said.
But a Netflix spokesperson confirmed to Guardian Australia that the decision to end the show was made months earlier, and not in response to the allegations about Spacey surfacing
House of Cards which began in 2013, was nominated for 33 Emmy awards and eight Golden Globe awards, with Spacey and Wright winning best actor and actress Golden Globes for their performances.