Netflix’s hallmark drama Home of Playing cards is at the moment coping with a scenario that is darkish and disturbing sufficient to have occurred to one of many present’s morally unkempt characters. Former star Kevin Spacey is at the moment embroiled with a number of sexual harassment/assault accusations which have mainly ended his profession in the interim, however Netflix won’t have such a simple or low-cost time booting Spacey off of the present in an official capability, due to his contract reportedly not having a morality clause that may mechanically immediate a suspension or termination.
Had Kevin Spacey’s contract been embedded with a morality clause, that may enable for the actor to lose his job based mostly on his private actions exterior of the present’s now-halted production. Which, on this case, would come with the incident the place Spacey allegedly obtained sexual with a then-14-year-old Anthony Rapp throughout a celebration. In accordance with The Blast, the one manner that Spacey can legally get fired at this level can be if he was unavailable to movie, or if he can be incapacitated not directly. And contemplating Spacey hasn’t legally been detained by the police or something — he is voluntarily in search of remedy in Arizona — he is technically ready to participate within the potential sixth season, although it is not prone to occur that manner.
As a result of there’s nothing immediately affecting any Frank Underwood performances, so to talk, then Netflix would legally be within the incorrect for firing and/or suspending Kevin Spacey. At the moment, he is being suspended in response to manufacturing firm MRC’s sexual harassment coverage whereas the corporate does an in-house investigation, but when that investigation would not bear damning fruit, there might not be a lot floor for Netflix to face on. Which suggests execs would find yourself owing the actor a ton of cash for breaking contract, and although Netflix does have oodles of cash at its disposal, the corporate would most likely quite use that cash creating authentic content material than paying Spacey off. (Plus, as a result of Spacey is not an worker immediately with MRC, its harassment coverage won’t even apply to the actor, suspension-wise.)
There really was an incident throughout the first season of Home of Playing cards that concerned alleged harassment from Kevin Spacey, however that scenario was dealt with and supposedly resolved by MRC, and so it is not anticipated to be helpful for Netflix’s facet of the argument. The manufacturing group reportedly despatched letters to solid and crew members asking about related incidents that occurred, and it is talked about that Spacey’s group suspects this was a transfer executed to try to save the producers some face after being so impulsive with the preliminary choices for the best way to deal with Spacey’s allegations. We’re curious to see the place the remainder of the investigation goes.
So for now, it is very unclear what is going on to truly occur with Home of Playing cards for Season 6 and beyond, with the proposed spinoff nonetheless probably within the operating. For now, you may awkwardly stream the first five seasons on Netflix, which additionally has a lot of different nice non-Spacey programming already there, with more on the way. Hit up our 2017 Netflix schedule to see what’s coming, together with our fall TV premiere schedule.