Netflix has officially announced that they are parting ways with “House of Cards” star and executive producer Kevin Spacey.
A spokesman for the company has said in a statement that the streaming giant won’t continue the show if Spacey remains involved, and have scrapped plans to release the Gore Vidal biopic “Gore” which stars Spacey as the famed intellectual:
“Netflix will not be involved with any further production of House of Cards that includes Kevin Spacey. 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.”
Within half an hour, series producer MRC sent out its own statement which was notably less absolute in its statement saying:
“While we continue the ongoing investigation into the serious allegations concerning Kevin Spacey’s behavior on the set of ‘House of Cards’, he has been suspended, effective immediately. MRC, in partnership with Netflix, will continue to evaluate a creative path forward for the program during the hiatus.”
It remains unclear how the show will move forward now, and whether they will proceed with a Spacey-less version of the final season, or one of the three potential spin-offs on the drawing board.