Oct 31, 2017

House of Cards suspended "until further notice"

Kevin Spacey at the season 2 premiere of House of Cards. Photo: Chris Pizzello / Invision / AP

Production has been suspended on the sixth and final season of House of Cards "until further notice," according to a press release issued by Netflix and Media Rights Capital, the studio that produces the show. The decision comes after actor Anthony Rapp accused Kevin Spacey of making a sexual advance against him at age in 14 in 1986, prompting Spacey to come out publicly as gay in a statement that drew widespread criticism.

That didn't last long: Netflix and MRC had announced yesterday that House of Cards' sixth season had been ordered and was in production but that a decision had been made "months ago" before the Spacey allegations for the season to be the show's last.

The full statement from Netflix and Media Rights Capital:

"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."

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