The subsequent season of Netflix’s award-winning Home of Playing cards would be the final, a spokesman mentioned on 30 October, because the sequence reeled over sexual misconduct allegations in opposition to its star Kevin Spacey. In line with a Deadline report, the actor’s 2017 Worldwide Emmy Founders Award can also be being withdrawn within the gentle of the allegations.
The 58-year-old double Oscar winner, who performs ruthless President Francis Underwood within the hit present, is going through claims from actor Anthony Rapp that he “made a sexual advance” at a celebration 31 years in the past whereas Rapp was underage.
“Season six is our final season,” a spokeswoman instructed AFP.
A supply with information of the problem instructed AFP nonetheless that the choice to finish the sequence was unrelated to the allegations, having been made earlier than they got here to gentle.
Starring alongside Robin Wright, Spacey can also be govt producer of the platform’s flagship sequence, which is tailored from a BBC drama of the identical title and has earned 46 Emmy nominations and Golden Globes for its lead couple.
Netflix would not launch viewing figures. However the present has marked out its place in tv historical past as the corporate’s debut in unique programming, which has grown to incorporate different extremely regarded exhibits equivalent to Stranger Issues and Orange is the New Black.
Filming for season six is below manner in Maryland, with season six anticipated to drop subsequent yr. No premiere date has but been set however Home of Playing cards has by no means debuted later than Could.
Rapp, 46, instructed Buzzfeed that in 1986, whereas each he and Spacey had been acting on Broadway, Spacey invited the then 14-year-old to a celebration at his New York house. Spacey would have been 26 on the time.
Rapp mentioned he was in Spacey’s bed room watching TV when Spacey, apparently drunk, got here in in spite of everything the opposite visitors had left, and lay on prime of him.
“He was attempting to seduce me,” Rapp instructed Buzzfeed. “I do not know if I might have used that language. However I used to be conscious that he was attempting to get with me sexually.”
Spacey apologized on Twitter, and went on to say that Rapp’s accusation “inspired me to deal with different issues about my life” earlier than confirming that he was homosexual.
His feedback prompted a backlash from critics who accused him of deflecting from his misdeed by lastly popping out, whereas experiences advised that he might face different accusers.
Netflix and Home of Playing cards manufacturing firm Media Rights Capital issued a joint assertion saying they had been “deeply troubled” the allegations in opposition to Spacey, who’s at the moment not scheduled to be on set.
“In response to final evening’s revelations, executives from each of our firms arrived in Baltimore this afternoon to satisfy with our forged and crew to make sure that they proceed to really feel secure and supported,” it mentioned.
With inputs from AFP.