House of Cards has decided to part ways with series star, Kevin Spacey.
The news comes just days after Netflix officially pulled the plug on the political thriller after the first of many sexual assault allegations against the actor.
“Netflix will not be involved with any further production of House of Cards that includes Kevin Spacey,” reads a statement from a Netflix spokesperson.
“We will continue to work with MRC during this hiatus time to evaluate our path forward as it relates to the show.”
After announcing its decision to cancel House of Cards earlier this week, production was halted on the show, and it quickly became apparent there was no guarantee it would ever enter production again.
More telling was the fact that the streaming giant was allegedly open to working on multiple spin-offs of the show. Now, with the news that Spacey will not return to production, it's becoming more apparent that the show will re-enter production on Season 6.
Considering it was two weeks into filming, the scripts will need to be reworked to account for the exit of Frank Underwood. Really, at this stage, it would make the most sense to have the character killed off.
Last week, Star Trek: Discovery actor, Anthony Rapp opened up to Buzzfeed about Spacey attempting to have sex with him. The incident occurred in 1986 when Rapp was just 14-years-old, while Spacey was 26.
"He picked me up like a groom picks up the bride over the threshold,” Rapp told BuzzFeed, adding: “But I don’t, like, squirm away initially, because I’m like, ‘What’s going on?’ And then he lays down on top of me.” “He was trying to seduce me,” Rapp continued. “I don’t know if I would have used that language. But I was aware that he was trying to get with me sexually.”
In response, Spacey released a statement of his own, claiming he did not remember the incident and confirmed he was living as a gay man.
“I have a lot of respect and admiration for Anthony Rapp as an actor,” Spacey wrote on Twitter.
“I’m beyond horrified to hear his story. I honestly do not remember the encounter, it would have been over 30 years ago."
"But if I did behave as he described, I owe him the sincerest apology for what would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behavior, and I am sorry for the feelings he describes having carried with him all these years.”
“This story has encouraged me to address other things about my life,” Spacey added.
“I know that there are other stories out there about me and that some have been fueled by the fact that I have been so protective of my privacy."
"As those closest to me know, in my life I have had romantic relationships with both men and women. I have loved and had romantic encounters with men throughout my life, and I choose now to live as a gay man."
"I want to deal with this honestly and openly and that starts with examining my own behavior.”
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