After shutting down production of House of Cards earlier, Netflix has now fired lead actor Kevin Spacey from the show. The decision has to do with Anthony Rapp’s recent allegations of sexual abuse against Spacey. The company made the announcement, and said that it will not be working with Spacey on any future projects.
“Netflix will not be involved with any further production of House of Cards that includes Kevin Spacey. We will continue to work with MRC 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 post-production, starring and produced by Kevin Spacey,” the company said.
The move will most certainly cost Netflix some money. Production for the sixth season for House of Cards was well underway, and by Netflix’s own admission, Gore was in post-production. So, a lot of resources would have gone into the two productions already. Netflix’s partner for the production of House of Cards, Media Rights Capital, confirmed that Spacey’s suspension is effective immediately.
Rapp’s allegations had been answered by Spacey via a tweet, which he also used to come out as gay. That was thought by many to be an attempt at diverting attention from the allegations. Spacey, of course, came under fire for the same. In fact, a CNN report had detailed multiple instances of sexual harassment from the sets of House of Cards as well.