Netflix issues new statement about House of Cards future and Kevin Spacey

Good riddance, Frank Underwood.

Netflix announced Monday that its popular political drama "House of Cards" will have a sixth and final season but that it will be slightly abbreviated and it won't feature its disgraced former star Kevin Spacey, Deadline is reporting. Spacey addressed the accusation on Twitter, apologizing for the act but saying he didn't remember it. In spite of the actor's absence, Robin Wright will star in the sixth and final season of the show, which is set to run eight episodes - five shorter than the previous seasons.

Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos said the show would return to production in the new year, with Robin Wright in the lead but without the Oscar-winning actor who was ousted from the show following allegations of sexual misconduct. To which we say: finally.

The star, who plays president Frank Underwood in the show, came under scrutiny after a late October expose accused him of forcing himself upon actor Anthony Rapp when he was only 14 years old.

Fans will get closure on "House of Cards", and Kevin Spacey won't be involved. At the end of season five, the series had diverted focus on Wright's character, who was sworn in as the USA president.

House Of Cards writing team had been scrambling to draft some new material which would allow for Spacey's character to be shoved off screen and for Claire to take centre stage which should be accomplished organically within the narrative, though we can only imagine the scriptwriting hurdles. It doesn't seem like it will be particularly hard for the writers to tip the main narrative fully in Claire's direction-though how they'll manage to explain away Frank's absence is another issue entirely.

Vanessa Coleman

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