House of Cards to End in the Wake of Kevin Spacey Allegations, Spin-Offs Under Consideration


Hollywood continues to be shaken by disturbing sexual abuse and harassment allegations on an almost daily basis now in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal. The most recent accusations to have surfaced just this morning involve Brett Ratner, but just a couple of days ago Kevin Spacey was implicated in a major controversy. Star Trek: Discovery actor Anthony Rapp told Buzzfeed that Spacey had made sexual advances toward him when he was just 14 years old. Spacey apologized via Twitter but claimed to have no recollection of the event and also decided to officially come out as gay, which has provoked even more anger. Netflix, in the meantime, has announced that they are temporarily halting production on House of Cards, which will end after the next season:

“MRC and Netflix have decided to suspend production on House of Cards Season 6, until further notice, to give us time to review the current situation and to address any concerns of our cast and crew.”

They also made this previous statement immediately following the allegations:

“Media Rights Capital and Netflix are deeply troubled by last night’s news concerning Kevin Spacey. 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.”

THR reported earlier this week that the show was scheduled to end after the sixth season, which had been currently in production. They claim that the decision had already been made prior to the Kevin Spacey scandal, although the timing of the announcement was probably not accidental. According to Variety, however, there are several ideas floating around for possible spin-offs including one that would follow Michael Kelly’s character Doug Stamper. Either way, it will be difficult for them to complete the final season under these circumstances and I wouldn’t be surprised if they try to change directions mid-season. Would you watch a House of Cards spin-off?

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  • Lori Cerny

    2017 will go down in the history books for being bizarre.

    No, Brett Ratner is on the list.

  • 1138sw

    Bizarre is definitely a good way to describe 2017.

    As for Ratner I am totally not surprised.

  • B.J.

    We need an official statement by Mr.Cheel regarding Olivia Munn´s Ratner-anecdotes in the L.A.Times:

    “He walked out … with his belly sticking out, no pants on, shrimp
    cocktail in one hand and he was furiously masturbating in the other,”
    Munn said. “And before I literally could even figure out where to escape
    or where to look, he ejaculated.”

    “Ratner grew angry, she said, and responded: “Why? I bought 10 of your magazines and came over all of them.”