Netflix Cancels ‘House of Cards’ Amid Controversy Involving Kevin Spacey

Frank Underwood is a character beloved by millions of House of Cards fans, and the original show has been a major success for Netflix. With the sixth season slated for release sometime in 2018, the streaming giant has confirmed that it will indeed be the last season of the series.

As soon as the news broke, many associated the decision to the recent allegations that have come forth against the Kevin Spacey who plays the lead role. An actor named Anthony Rapp accused Kevin Spacey of sexual misconduct towards him taking place over 30 years ago while attending an industry party when he was just a 14-years-old.

In response, Spacey gave a statement on Twitter which has drawn its own controversy:

Reports state that the decision to cancel the show was made months ago, long before any of these recent events came to light. Netflix and Media Rights Capital, the production house for the series has released this statement:

“Media Rights Capital and Netflix are deeply troubled by last night’s news concerning Kevin Spacey. 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.”

UPDATE (11/1/17): The Hollywood Reporter received a joint statement from Media Rights Capital & Netflix which states we “have decided to suspend production on “House of Cards” season 6, until further notice, to give us time to review the current situation and to address any concerns of our cast and crew.” This gives the potential for season 6 to never see a public release and remain canceled indefinitely. Stay tuned for more news concerning the matter as it develops.

Via: TechCrunch, Buzzfeed