The first of several sexual assault and harassment allegations against House of Cards star Kevin Spacey broke on Sunday when Star Trek: Discovery actor Anthony Rapp alleged that Spacey made an inappropriate sexual advance toward him when he was 14 and Spacey was 26. Since then, eight current and former House of Cards employees have come forward anonymously, alleging they experienced inappropriate sexual conduct from Spacey on the Netflix show’s set. In the wake of these allegations and others, production on the show’s next season has been suspended, and Netflix fired Spacey from the show on Friday. (Netflix has also canceled an upcoming Gore Vidal biopic he starred in and produced.)
Spacey’s firing has left the question of what to do with the final season of the hit show now that the central character is gone. He played Frank Underwood, a politician manipulating his way to the Oval Office and eventually succeeding in his journey. But fans think a new lead character could be a reasonable way to wrap the series—and their vote goes to the frosty, calculating Claire Underwood, Frank’s co-conspiring wife and politician in her own right, who is played on the show by Robin Wright.
The employees who worked with Spacey on the set of House of Cards told CNN that the star created a toxic work environment. One employee alleged he was sexually assaulted by Spacey. “I have no doubt that this type of predatory behavior was routine for him and that my experience was one of many and that Kevin had few if any qualms about exploiting his status and position,” he told CNN. “It was a toxic environment for young men who had to interact with him at all in the crew, cast, background actors.”
House of Cards‘s production is currently suspended to allow writers to rework the show’s final season and write out Spacey’s character, according to what sources have told The Hollywood Reporter.
In the meantime, fans are making their voices heard on Twitter. They don’t want the show to be canceled; instead, they want season six to begin with Wright’s character, Claire, explaining that her husband has died, and she’s taking over the White House.
— Jessica Chastain (@jes_chastain) November 3, 2017
I love House of Cards, starring Robin Wright. 🙂 pic.twitter.com/BViH6Wvr4C
— 💣🏰Lords Reform🔥🎆 (@pjazmo) October 30, 2017
I'm perfectly cool with next season of House of Cards cutting Frank Underwood. Just Robin Wright ruling with an iron fist.
— Dan (@danlancedan) October 30, 2017
House of Cards S6, E1, Scene 1: Wide shot. Rainy funeral at Arlington. Robin Wright: "If there's one thing my late husband stood for…"
— Mark Harris (@MarkHarrisNYC) October 30, 2017
Netflix has officially fired Kevin Spacey from #HouseOfCards.
It’s time for Robin Wright to be President. pic.twitter.com/OWYfbb5qxl
— Austin (@AustinCTweets) November 4, 2017
— lexi (@frostysharpie) October 30, 2017
Robin Wright rn pic.twitter.com/5TYnyLYrRE
— Jade Budowski (@jadebudowski) October 30, 2017
House of Cards season 6 should just start with Robin Wright saying:
"Francis is dead. Anyway, moving on…" pic.twitter.com/jYyEBvmPFF
— Kareem Yasin (@thekareem) October 30, 2017
FIRE KEVIN SPACEY AND LET ROBIN WRIGHT BE THE LEAD OF HOUSE OF CARDS LIKE SHE HAS DESERVED FOR SEVERAL SEASONS NOW pic.twitter.com/aD1HCgVu0M
— Jon (@prasejeebus) October 30, 2017
It’s official: Twitter is voting for Claire Underwood 2018.