One day after announcing that the upcoming sixth season of House Of Cards would be its last, Netflix has suspended production indefinitely on its original series. In a joint statement to Deadline, Netflix and House Of Cards production company MRC said this:
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.
This all comes after Star Trek: Discovery actor Anthony Rapp accused Spacey of making a coercive “sexual advance” toward him when he was only 14 years old. Spacey responded to Rapp’s sexual assault charge in basically the worst way possible: by taking the opportunity to come out as gay, playing on outdated homophobic myths conflating homosexuality and child predation while trying to divert attention away from the serious charge against him. Spacey’s statement has been widely criticized since then, perhaps most succinctly by comedian Billy Eichner:
It’s unclear at this point whether House Of Cards will be coming back at all, but yesterday creator Beau Willimon described the allegations against Spacey as “deeply troubling,” and plans for a spin-off series are already in the works.