Netflix has severed ties with Kevin Spacey as allegations continue to surface about sexual impropriety by the “House of Cards” star and executive producer, and the scandal has put the show’s sixth season in jeopardy.
The streaming service has also jettisoned plans for “Gore,” a Gore Vidal biopic that stars Spacey.
In a statement released Friday, Netflix said: “Netflix will not be involved with any further production of ‘House of Cards’ that includes Kevin Spacey. We will continue to work with MRC [‘House of Cards’ producer Media Rights Capital] during this hiatus time to evaluate our path forward as it relates to the show. We have also decided we will not be moving forward with the release of the film ‘Gore,’ which was in postproduction, starring and produced by Kevin Spacey.”
The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed had reported earlier Friday that the “House of Cards” production hiatus implemented after allegations against Spacey by actor Anthony Rapp surfaced Oct. 29 is expected to last at least two weeks. The time is needed to rework the show’s final season, writing Spacey out of the script, THR reports.
“A day after several employees on the Kevin Spacey drama accused the star of inappropriate behavior, sources say the writing staff on the political series is actively reworking the sixth and final season to write the actor out of the show,” THR reported Friday afternoon. The season was reportedly almost entirely written before the scandal broke.
“Writing out Spacey — who also serves as an exec producer on the drama — is one of the options being considered, with a total shutdown a lesser possibility,” THR reported Friday.
The decision to wrap the show after its sixth season was reportedly made during the summer, well before the Spacey allegations came to light.