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“House of Cards” will end its run on Netflix with its upcoming sixth season.
Confirmation of the drama’s conclusion comes as its lead actor and executive producer, Kevin Spacey, who plays ruthless politician Frank Underwood, is caught up in allegations of sexual impropriety.
In an article published Sunday on BuzzFeed, "Star Trek: Discovery" actor Anthony Rapp alleged that Spacey made unwanted sexual advances toward him in 1986. (Rapp was 14; Spacey would have been 26.)
Hours later, in a statement responding to the allegations, the Oscar winner apologized for the alleged behavior and came out as gay. Spacey's statement was met with criticism by the LGBTQ advocacy group GLAAD and others who say the actor deflected focus on Rapp’s accusation.
Netflix and Media Rights Capital, which produces the show, issued a joint statement Monday about the allegations.
“Media Rights Capital and Netflix are deeply troubled by last night’s news concerning Kevin Spacey," the statement read. "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.”
“House of Cards,” which premiered in 2013, was among Netflix’s early entrants in its push into original programming. The political drama, which also stars Robin Wright, has helped the streaming service’s ambitions to become a Hollywood heavyweight.
The final season, which is currently in production, will consist of 13 episodes and premiere in 2018.
Update, 1:05 p.m.: This story was updated with Netflix's statement.
This article was originally published at 12:47 p.m.