House of Cards has been cancelled by Netflix. The hit political drama which stars Kevin Spacey is to shut down following its sixth season which will air in 2018.

The swift and surprising move, comes in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations leveled against Spacey by Star Trek: Discovery actor Anthony Rapp. Rapp told BuzzFeed News over the weekend that Spacey had made sexual overtures toward him in 1986 when the actor was only 14 and Spacey was 26.

Netflix and Media Rights Capital released a joint statement on Monday: “Media Rights Capital and Netflix are deeply troubled by last night’s news concerning Kevin Spacey. In response to last night’s revelations, executives from both of our companies arrived in Baltimore this afternoon to meet with our cast and crew to ensure that they continue to feel safe and supported. As previously scheduled, Kevin Spacey is not working on set at this time.”


Spacey responded to the shocking allegations in a Twitter post, applauding Rapp for speaking up but also claiming not to remember the incident. Spacey then came out as a gay man in the same post.

However, quick condemnation was directed towards Spacey, including from the LGBTQ community. Zachary Quinto wrote eloquently on Twitter in response to Spacey.

“It is deeply sad and troubling that this is how Kevin Spacey has chosen to come out.” The Star Trek star continued, “Not by standing up as a point of pride – in light of all his many awards and accomplishments – thus inspiring tens of thousands of struggling LGBTQ kids around the world. But as a calculated manipulation to deflect attention from the very serious accusation that he attempted to molest one.”

House of Cards burst onto the small screen in 2013, with Spacey and costar Robin Wright propelling the show and in turn Netflix to incredible success, putting the streaming service on the map.

In light of Rapp’s revelations, the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced on Monday, that it will no longer honor Spacey in a planned upcoming event.

A statement released by the organization read: “The International Academy has announced today that in light of recent events it will not honor Kevin Spacey with the 2017 International Emmy Founders Award.”


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