Netflix swiftly responded to the multiple allegations of sexual harassment and assault by House of Cards star Kevin Spacey, announcing first that the show would end after its upcoming sixth season, and then suspending production. The streaming service also announced Friday that it was officially severing ties with the actor, saying in a statementthat it “will not be involved with any further production of House of Cards that includes Kevin Spacey.”
So if House of Cards wants to make that final season, they’ve got to get rid of Spacey. The show’s producers are considering a fairly straightforward route—killing off his character, the scheming Frank Underwood. According to Variety:
The producers are also cognizant of the fact that 300 cast and crew members are employed by the series and would be put out of work if the sixth season does not move forward. The feeling is that they did nothing wrong and should not be penalized for Spacey’s behavior. The show has just started filming, so the sense is that Spacey’s character could be safely written out without too many logistical hurdles.
Giving Frank Underwood the Donna treatment seems like the best move here, allowing the show to keep those 300 jobs, ditch Spacey, and give the world what it really wants: a show about President Claire Underwood.
Spacey, meanwhile, is under investigation by Scotland Yard over allegations that he sexually assaulted a young actor while working as the artistic director of London’s Old Vic theater.
From: Harper’s BAZAAR US