Netflix exploring ‘House of Cards’ spinoff amid Spacey flap
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Netflix is exploring a “House of Cards” spinoff as the show’s final season nears amid controversy surrounding star Kevin Spacey.
The streaming channel, which reportedly is weighing different concepts for the spinoff, said Monday that the upcoming sixth season will be the last for “House of Cards.”
The announcement of the Emmy-winning political satire’s end came amid fallout from Spacey’s alleged sexual advances toward a teenage actor in the 1980s. But Netflix had already decided to end the show and was pursuing a spinoff.
In an interview published by BuzzFeed News on Sunday, actor Anthony Rapp alleged that he was attending a party at Spacey’s apartment in 1986 when an inebriated 26-year-old Spacey picked him up, placed him on his bed, and climbed on top of him. Rapp, then 14, was able to get away without any physical harm.
Spacey has apologized for the incident which he said he doesn’t recall but would have stemmed from “drunken behavior.” He also spoke publicly for the first time about being gay.
The final “House of Cards” episodes are in production, with a release date yet to be announced.