Less than 24 hours after Kevin Spacey announced to the world that he is a gay man in an attempt to deflect from underage sexual assault allegations, Netflix has announced that they are cancelling his show ‘House of Cards’ after its sixth season, which is currently in production. This news comes after Spacey made the decision to come out of the closet in a statement apologizing to actor Anthony Rapp, who said in an interview that the actor attempted to sexually assault him in 1986, an incident Spacey says he does not remember.
Rapp was 14 at the time while Spacey was 26.
Media Rights Capital, who produces House of Cards, and Netflix released a joint statement on Monday saying they ‘are deeply troubled by last night’s news concerning Kevin Spacey,’ who ‘as previously scheduled’ is not currently working on set.
‘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,’ said the two companies.
The show’s creator Beau Willimon also weighed in, saying: ‘Anthony Rapp’s story is deeply troubling. 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.’
He went on to state: ‘That said, I take reports of such behavior seriously and this is no exception. I feel for Mr. Rapp and I support his courage.’
There is also a chance that Spacey’s character was never meant to be in the sixth season, with his character’s health an issue throughout the five previous seasons of the show and the actor currently in the middle of shooting a Gore Vidal bio pic
Spacey, 58, is now being compared to Harvey Weinstein by members of Hollywood’s LGBTQ community, who view his sudden openness about his sexuality as nothing more than a ‘calculated manipulation.’
Rosie O’Donnell, who is never one to hide her feelings, went right for the jugular in her response, writing: ‘u don’t remember the incident – 30 years ago? – f*** u kevin – like Harvey we all knew about u – I hope more men come forward.’
When someone asked O’Donnell is she know of any more Hollywood predators like Spacey and Weinstein, she responded: ‘of creepy men in Hollywood? white guys in positions of power? ummm there r too many.’
She later clarified her claim that everyone knew as well, stating: ‘no one knew it was kids except for the ones he abused most abusers have many many victims.’
Wanda Sykes tweeted: ‘No no no no no! You do not get to “choose” to hide under the rainbow! Kick rocks!’