After confirming that House of Cards will be coming to an end, with its sixth season being the final season, it has now been confirmed that the production of political thriller has been put on hold.
In a joint statement to E! News, Netflix and producer Media Rights Capital announced that production on what was supposed to be the sixth and final season has been suspended due to the “current situation,” referring to recent allegations made about the show’s star Kevin Spacey by Anthony Rapp.
“MRC and Netflix have decided to suspend production on House of Cards season six, until further notice, to give us time to review the current situation and to address any concerns of our cast and crew.”
This statement was released a day after the streaming service and MRC announced that they “are deeply troubled by last night’s news concerning Kevin Spacey. 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.”
HoC has been an important show for Netflix as it launched the streaming service’s original programming. The political thriller premiered in 2013 and has earned 64 Emmy nominations and 6 wins to date, as well as a Peabody and two Golden Globes.
If the production does continue as originally planned, House of Cards‘ final season should debut in 2018 on Netflix.