Netflix axes House of Cards as Kevin Spacey sex abuse storm gathers force

Netflix has announced that it intends to axe flagship political drama House of Cards after season 6 of the hit show, with the news coming just 24 hours after Kevin Spacey – who plays Frank Underwood in the series – was accused of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old Anthony Rapp.

The timing of the announcement hasn’t left many of us scratching our heads, though industry sources say Netflix always planned to end the show after its sixth season. Make of that what you will.

More intriguing for fans of the show is the possibility that House of Cards season 6 – which is likely to be released in Q2 2018 (April-June) – could see Spacey prematurely dropped following the allegations, which have understandably taken both Hollywood and the LGBTQ community by storm.

In an interview with Buzzfeed, actor Anthony Rapp – who stars in the new Star Trek: Discovery series – claimed that Spacey made unwanted sexual advances on him at a party when he was 14.

Spacey subsequently issued an ill-received apology, but the award-winning actor is staring down the barrel of a gun and has also seen an International Emmy revoked. He was due to receive it in New York next month.

Outspoken comedian and activist Rosie O’Donnell took to Twitter to slam Spacey’s mea culpa, comparing the 58-year-old American to disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein.

Issuing a joint statement on Monday October 30, Netflix and Media Rights Capital confirmed that Spacey was not currently on the House of Cards set – quietly begging the question of if he will ever return to it.

“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 reads.

That raises the prospect that season 6 of House of Cards could swiftly do away with Spacey’s character, Frank Underwood, and refocus the show around his wife Claire Underwood, played by Robin Wright.

Casting for the next season of House of Cards is understood to be commencing in November, so expect the leaks and rumours to start flying shortly.

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