Netflix Confirms House of Cards Final Season Will Not Include Kevin Spacey

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Netflix show House of Cards will begin production of its final season next year without its star Kevin Spacey.

The season will be eight episodes - significantly shorter than previous seasons, which featured 13 episodes each - and will not include Kevin Spacey, who led the show to critical acclaim but was sacked after a series of sexual assault allegations this fall.

"House of Cards" writers have been racing against the clock to find a new direction for the final season in light of Spacey's absence.

On Monday, Netflix content chief Ted Sarandos confirmed the streaming service's plans for ending its popular original series about (fictional) deception and criminal behavior in the White House.

"We're really excited about bringing some closure to the show for fans", said Sarandos, speaking Monday at UBS's Global Media and Communications Conference in NY.

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According to reports, the series will now be centered on Robin Wright's Claire Underwood, the wife of Spacey's character. It was considered likely that Spacey would be written out of the show.

Scotland Yard is investigating Spacey, who was artistic director at London's Old Vic theatre between 2004 and 2015, over two allegations of sexual assault.

First elements of response, with the announcement of a Kevin Spacey totally absent from the season. Producer Media Rights Capital suspended him.

House of Cards was too big of a hit to simply bail out on it, so the team has clearly had to make adjustments. This will be a season of eight episodes which will go into production in early 2018, and Kevin Spacey will not be involved.

Netflix also decided not to move forward with a film starring Spacey as Gore Vidal.

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