Sometimes, your past can come back to haunt at a time when you least expect it to go wrong. Veteran actor Kevin Spacey realized this in the most brutal ways possible when his ‘House of Cards’ came crashing down to the ground, after Netflix decided to pull the plug on the show, leading to an unexpected and abrupt end. Yes, our beloved show has been scrapped by Netflix, post the shocking revelation by actor Anthony Rapp, who alleged that Spacey made sexual advances towards him when he was 14-years-old.
Netflix announced that they will scrap the show after the sixth season (a 13-episode series), which is currently in production and will premiere in 2018.
According to a statement issued by Netflix and the studio behind the show, Media Rights Capital, they were “deeply troubled by the news concerning Kevin Spacey.” In fact, the statement further mentioned that, “Executives from both 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.”
This decision came after Spacey apologized publicly for the event that took place nearly 30 years ago, and also came out as gay on Twitter.
— Kevin Spacey (@KevinSpacey) October 30, 2017
Interestingly, Kevin mentioned how he has had relationships with both men and women in the past and slipped in that he now chooses to live his life as a gay man. While talking about the shocking accusation, he said that he does not remember the encounter and that he is apologetic for his “deeply inappropriate drunken behaviour.”
The ‘Rent’ actor broke his silence in an interview with BuzzFeed and alleged that Spacey tried to get with him sexually at a party in Spacey’s apartment in 1986. He further mentioned that after everyone left, Spacey picked him up and put him on the bed, climbing on top of him. Post the accusation, Kevin has been facing a lot of backlash and Netflix hit the last nail on the coffin by scraping the award-winning show altogether. (Brutal!)
However, this isn’t the only thing that triggered Netflix’s decision. Talks to end the show with this season had been doing rounds for months. In fact, if reports are to believe then Kevin’s upcoming Netflix film ‘Gore’ might face similar fate and get scrapped as well. The International Television Academy has already decided to revoke the Emmy Award that he was supposed to be honoured with on November 20.
Having said that, in a different turn of events Netflix is planning for a ‘House of Cards’ spinoff. According to Variety, both Netflix and Media Rights Capital are in the early stages of development on ideas for a “potential spinoff”. In fact, all the spinoffs will take place in the same universe as ‘House of Cards’ and for those who haven’t started following the series, the show revolves around Frank Underwood who climbs up the ladder of supremacy while seeking revenge on the people who betrayed him.