Netflix to cancel House of Cards in wake of Kevin Spacey allegations

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One of the streaming service's most critically acclaimed and popular shows will be over after its upcoming sixth season.

"House of Cards" is widely credited as the show that put Netflix on the original programming map when it premiered in 2013. Spacey, at the time, was 26.

It was also announced that the 58-year-old actor, who was meant to be honoured by the International TV Academy with an Emmy Founders Award in November, will no longer receive his Emmy Award. "This is not a coming-out story about Kevin Spacey, but a story of survivorship by Anthony Rapp and all those who bravely speak out against unwanted sexual advances".

Spacey, then aged 26, is alleged to have invited Rapp to his NY apartment for a party before picking him up and placing him on his bed when the party had finished. In response to the allegations, Willimon said Rapp's story is "deeply troubling".

The network announced that the Emmy-nominated political drama's final episodes, starring Spacey and Robin Wright as ruthless political operators in the United States government, will air in 2018.

The two-time Oscar victor later took to Twitter to respond to the allegations.

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Meanwhile, The Old Vic Theatre in London has said it is "deeply dismayed" by the sexual advance allegation made against Spacey, who was the theatre's artistic director from 2003 to 2015.

Spacey immediately came under fire on social media for what many saw as a disingenuous conflation of an apology for sexual misconduct with a public acknowledgement of being gay.

"I honestly do not remember the encounter, it would have been over 30 years ago", Spacey stated.

He went on to state: 'That said, I take reports of such behavior seriously and this is no exception.

In a statement, he said: "I have a lot of respect and admiration for Anthony Rapp as an actor".

Although House of Cards will come to an end after season 6, the universe could continue on.

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