House of Cards star Robin Wright has admitted that the show came "very, very close" to being axed after allegations of sexual misconduct against Kevin Spacey.
The show's future remained up in the air after the accusations came out, and while it is going ahead for a final season without Spacey, Wright has admitted to NET-A-PORTER's digital magazine PorterEdit that the Netflix series was very nearly scrapped altogether.
"[It came] very, very close [to being axed]," she said. "Because of the climate at that time. The air was thick, you know. Harvey Weinstein... People were [saying], 'We have to shut everything down or otherwise it will look like we are glorifying and honouring this thing that's dirty.'
"[House of Cards] is not dirty... I believed we should finish. I believed we should honour our commitment. [To] the people that loved the show, also. Why quit?"
Wright also recalled an atmosphere of "shock and fear" as House of Cards' future remained in the balance.
"They printed that it was 'only' 600 people out of work, but if you include security, cops, shooting on location in Baltimore, everything, 2,500 people would have been out of a job. And that's not fair – to take that security away from those people... They didn't do anything [wrong]."
A spokesperson for Spacey said back in November that the actor is currently seeking "evaluation and treatment" away from the spotlight.
The actress is returning as now-President Claire Underwood after Spacey's character Frank Underwood resigned the post at the end of season 5.
As we gear up for the final season of the political thriller, we recently were given a first glimpse at new cast members Diane Lane and Greg Kinnear's characters, two siblings who "exert a powerful behind-the-scenes force in the American political landscape".
To see the full interview with Robin Wright read PorterEdit at https://www.net-a-porter.com/gb/en/porter/article-b36c5430c852c9af and/or download the Net-A-Porter app for iPhone, iPad and Android.
House of Cards returns to Netflix on Friday, November 2.
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