Netflix suspends 'House of Cards' production before finishing final season



Just make Claire the President!

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Netflix confirmed Monday that House of Cardssixth season would be its last, but on Tuesday the company announced that production on Season 6 has been temporarily suspended. The news comes within days of accusations of sexual misconduct leveled against star Kevin Spacey.

Netflix did not confirm if announcing the final season had to do with the allegations against Spacey (according to reports, the streaming network had been planning for Season 6 to be the show’s last since the summer), but did issue a short statement regarding suspended production:

MRC and Netflix have decided to suspend production on House of Cards season six, until further notice, to give us time to review the current situation and to address any concerns of our cast and crew.

On Sunday, Broadway star and Star Trek: Discovery actor Anthony Rapp alleged in a Buzzfeed article that Spacey made sexual advances on him at a party when Rapp was just 14. Spacey responded with an official statement, saying that he was “beyond horrified” by the allegations and also announcing that he’s gay, an approach that was met with fierce criticism from the LGBTQ community.

Rapp chose to share his story in light of the dozens of women in Hollywood coming forward with stories of sexual assault and harassment they experienced at the hands of Harvey Weinstein, James Toback, and other men in the industry.

House of Cards premiered in 2013 as one of Netflix’s breakout original dramas. The show earned consistent Emmy nominations for Spacey and Robin Wright, as well as guest stars, direction, and writing for a drama series. Netflix has not made further comment regarding Rapp’s story or Spacey’s response. 

Deadline first reported the news of production being suspended.

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