During a recent interview with BuzzFeed, Star Trek: Discovery star Anthony Rapp accused Kevin Spacey of sexually assaulting him after a party in 1986, when Rapp was 14 years old. The revelation prompted a response from Spacey that was met with controversy, as people accused the actor of diverting from the issue by speaking about his sexual orientation:
Shortly after the allegations and Spacey's response came out, Netflix revealed that Season 6 of House of Cards –– set to premiere sometime in 2018 –– would be the show's last chapter.
The announcement seemed to be the company's response to the scandal, but as The Hollywood Reporter stated, putting an end to the hit series was a decision that was reached months ago. Instead, Netflix is dealing with the allegations against #KevinSpacey in a different way.
Production On 'House Of Card's Sixth Season Is On Hiatus In The Wake Of Spacey's Scandal
Netflix and Media Rights Capital released a joint statement on October 31, revealing that production on House of Cards would be delayed indefinitely while they deal with the situation: "MRC and Netflix have decided to suspend production on 'House of Cards' season six, until further notice, to give us time to review the current situation and to address any concerns of our cast and crew."
The statement raises quite a lot of questions about the fate of HoC's last season, but there's very little information on our hands to make a concrete guest, so it's best to not speculate until more details come out.
The House Of Cards Franchise Will Seemingly Continue
#Netflix may be moving on from Spacey, but it isn't ready to let go of the House of Cards universe. As THR revealed, the minds behind the political drama are already working on a variety of potential spinoffs.
A few of the ideas currently being thrown around are stories focused on Doug Stamper (Michael Kelly), Frank Underwood's Chief of Staff, Gerald McRaney's Raymond Tusk as he navigates Wall Street's treacherous environment, and Janine Skorsky (Constance Zimmer) & Tom Hammerschimdt (Boris McGiver), as they continue their brave journalistic efforts.
Putting the matter of the series aside, Rapp's accusations against Spacey will most likely have a big impact on the House of Cards star's career. This Is Us, for example, planned to include a reference to the actor, in which Justin Hartley's Kevin learns his roommate landed a role in one of Spacey's movies. Following the accusations, NBC announced that it would be removing the mention, stating:
"In light of recent events, the producers have decided to remove the brief reference to Kevin Spacey."
Furthermore, Spacey had a $90 acting class in MasterClass, a popular teaching site, where he taught hopeful actors about succeeding in Hollywood. Similar to This Is Us, however, MasterClass decided to put an end to its deal with Spacey by removing his classes from the website: "In light of recent events, MasterClass has closed enrollment in Kevin Spacey's online class."
Now, it looks like the actor has been trying to do some damage control in the aftermath of his scandal. In a statement released through Entertainment Weekly, Spacey's representative stated the actor was seeking help for his behavior:
"Kevin Spacey is taking the time necessary to seek evaluation and treatment. No other information will be available at this time."
It's unclear what will happen with Spacey going forward whether he'll be able to move on from these allegations. But to be frank, it's a relief to see that companies in the entertainment industry are actually taking the necessary steps to fight sexual abuse, and not welcome the very people responsible for it.
How do you feel about Netflix halting production on House of Cards Season 6 following Kevin Spacey's sexual assault allegations? Let me know your thoughts in the comments.