Fans suggest Robin Wright's Claire Underwood take the lead instead.
The series started dominating social media on Monday afternoon, after Netflix confirmed it would end after its upcoming sixth season. While Netflix has indicated the decision was unrelated to the scandal, Deadline reports that cast and crew were only told Monday morning, after the allegations and initial response. The streaming service released a joint statement with the show's producers Media Rights Company where they stated they were "deeply troubled" by the news.
Most fans quickly to the same conclusion. Rather than cancel the show, just kill off Spacey's character Frank Underwood so that Robin Wright, who recently rose to the office of President, can rule in relative peace. After all, Season 6 is currently in production so story elements could easily be tweaked, or even changed dramatically. And Wright has given a powerful performance over five seasons thus far, so why not give her the lead?
Following are just a sampling of their responses.
House of Cards Solution:— Jenn Carson (@8675309Carson) October 30, 2017
1. Kill off Frank Underwood
2. Claire steps over the body
3. The show & Claire carry on pic.twitter.com/B9UAjNRrlK
Seems unpopular, but I don’t think an entire cast and crew should be punished because Spacey is a bastard. Just kick him off House of Cards.— All Hallow’s Monkey (@VitruvianMonkey) October 30, 2017
Would I watch a house of cards with just Claire Underwood?— zach (@ZachMorganBrown) October 30, 2017
Yes I'd actually prefer it pic.twitter.com/enTQOM6lYQ
Don't end House of Cards just let Robin Wright be the lead she's amazing!! pic.twitter.com/8p4PdOVsMx— TronFlexOn (@KhhalTrogo) October 30, 2017
Claire Underwood is just as powerful and just as evil, but Netflix & House of Cards execs couldn’t even give her a chance? That’s some BULL.— mikasa (@mikasa22) October 30, 2017
Claire Underwood should stay and remain main star of House of Cards while Spacey gets fired. pic.twitter.com/pGE5we8IY4— Cynthia (@oohcynthiababyy) October 30, 2017
Hi @netflix— Mulher Tamarindo (@MulherTamarindo) October 30, 2017
We want House of Cards without Kevin Spacey
Kill Frank and move on
The rest of the cast cannot be punished for this
Not sure why they’re cancelling House of Cards when obviously Claire should just kill off Frank and become president...problem solved. pic.twitter.com/irDVHz8MiB— Kaivan Shroff (@KaivanShroff) October 30, 2017
Many others took the opportunity to make a political statement, arguing that it wasn't right that a fictional president was being held to a higher standard than the actual president. These fans cited President Donald Trump's own controversial comments and behavior toward women throughout his time in the public eye, noting that while Harvey Weinstein and Spacey are losing their jobs, Trump is not.
In his Twitter response, Spacey wrote, "I honestly do not remember the encounter, it would have been over 30 years ago. But if I did behave then as he describes, I owe him the sincerest apology for what would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behavior."
He then shifted gears to talk about his personal life. "I have loved and had romantic encounters with men throughout my life, and I choose now to live as a gay man," he revealed, closing with, "I want to deal with this honestly and openly and that starts with examining my own behavior."
There was an immediate backlash to his statement, with GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis tweeting, "Coming out stories should not be used to deflect from allegations of sexual assault."