Kevin Spacey dropped from final season of House of Cards after sexual allegations
Netflix has announced that celebrated political drama, House of Cards will resume shoot for its sixth and final season next year. The suspension on the show’s production was finally concluded as the production house announced a new strategy for the show. It will now concentrate on Robin Wright’s characters following Kevin Spacey being dropped from the drama due to sexual allegations.
“We’re really excited about bringing some closure to the show for fans,” Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s chief content officer, said at the UBS Global Media and Communications Conference on Monday. “We’re excited for the 370 people who make ‘House of Cards’ and have done the best work of their lives on that show; for the 2,000 people in Baltimore who have come to depend on that show for their jobs. And so we’re really excited that we were able to come to a good creative conclusion to the show.”
The final season will have just eight episodes instead of 13 as seen in earlier seasons. Kevin Spacey whose lead helped the show get its critical acclaim was be dropped after Broadway actor Anthony Rapp told BuzzFeed that Spacey had tried to sexually assault him in 1986, when he was 14. Rapp’s allegation was followed by 20 other artists from the Old Vic theater in London. Spacey had acted as the art director of the theatre from 2004 to 2015.
Following Rapp’s allegations Netflix had suspended the show’s final season production citing “time to review the current situation and to address any concerns of our cast and crew.” It put down its foot after the allegations surfaced saying it will not involve in any project with Spacey.
This strong step against powerful figures faced with sexual allegations comes at a time when Hollywood is fast trying to distance itself from the idea of having a toxic working environment.