“Netflix will not be involved with any further production of House of Cards that includes Kevin Spacey,” a spokesman for Netflix said in a statement, according to Variety. “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.”
Accusations of sexual harassment, assault, and rape have been mounting against the lead actor since Anthony accused him of assaulting him when he was a teen. Hours after the news broke, Netflix announced that the popular political drama would end after the sixth season, but now we don't even know if we'll get that. HOC was still in the early stages of filming when Netflix halted production in the wake of the scandal. However, even before Kevin was fired, fans had ideas for how the show could continue without him.
Viewers quickly began urging the streaming platform to save the show by killing off Kevin's character Frank Underwood and putting his on-screen wife Claire Underwood, played to icy perfection by Robin Wright, as the lead. "When they cancel the whole show instead of just killing off your husband and letting you be the lead role," one fan tweeted before another added, "Can we just kill Kevin Spacey off pls and let Robin Wright shine like the star she is?"
— Kelsey Courville (@kncourville) October 30, 2017
I cannot wait to watch Robin Wright's starring, solo lead performance in #HouseOfCards next year.
— Brett White (@brettwhite) October 30, 2017
— Caitlin (@caitlinplimsole) October 30, 2017
Following actor Anthony's detailed account of a then 26-year-old Kevin coming onto him when he was only 14 years old, the veteran actor released a statement apologizing for the incident while simultaneously confirming rumors he was gay. "I honestly do not remember the encounter, it would have been over 30 years ago. But if I did behave then as he describes, I owe him the sincerest apology for what would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behavior, and I am sorry for the feelings he describes having carried with him all these years," he wrote. "This story has encouraged me to address other things about my life… I have loved and had romantic encounters with men throughout my life, and I choose now to live as a gay man."
Kevin was blasted for "hiding under the rainbow," as comedian Wanda Sykes called it, for trying to compare the molestation claims to his sexuality. "Nope to Kevin Spacey's statement. Nope. There's no amount of drunk or closeted that excuses or explains away assaulting a 14-year-old child," Dan Savage tweeted. Billy Eichner also agreed, adding, "Kevin Spacey has just invented something that has never existed before: a bad time to come out."
And, in the latest turn of events, Kevin's representative confirmed to Us Weekly that he would be seeking treatment following the allegations. “Kevin Spacey is taking the time necessary to seek evaluation and treatment,” the rep said. “No other information is available at this time.”
The creator of HoC Beau Willimon also addressed the scandal, saying, "During the time I worked with Kevin Spacey on House of Cards I neither witnessed nor was aware of any inappropriate behavior on set or off. That said, I take reports of such behavior seriously, and this is no exception. I feel for Mr. Rapp and I support his courage."