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House of Cards, Netflix’s first big original series, is ending (update)

The decision was reportedly made months ago

Robin Wright as Claire Underwood in Season 5 of House of Cards. David Giesbrecht/Netflix
Susana Polo is an entertainment editor at Polygon, specializing in pop culture and genre fare, with a primary expertise in comic books. Previously, she founded The Mary Sue.

Netflix announced today that House of Cards’ sixth season, currently in production, will be its last. The decision to make the show’s sixth season its concluding one was made “months ago,” and production on season six began earlier this month.

However, the announcement today comes hard on the heels of accusations of sexual harassment against the show’s lead, actor Kevin Spacey.

Last night, Buzzfeed published a report that detailed the experience of actor Anthony Rapp (A Beautiful Mind, Rent, Star Trek: Discovery), saying that in a time when the two actors were both Broadway performers, Spacey invited him to his home and behaved in an inappropriate, sexual way towards him. Spacey was 26 at the time, while Rapp was 14. Spacey tweeted a response to Rapp’s story early this morning.

Netflix and Media Rights Capital, the film studio that develops House of Cards, released this joint statement on Rapp’s accusations:

Media Rights Capital and Netflix 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.

One of Netflix’s first original series, and the first to gain a significant audience, House of Cards’ first season premiered in 2013.

Update: Netflix confirmed today that production on the show’s sixth and final season has been suspended to allow the company time to process recent sexual misconduct allegations against lead actor Kevin Spacey. Netflix’s full statement can be read below:

“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.”

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