The reference was originally part of the Oct. 31 episodes, shot several weeks before the allegation was made against the ‘House of Cards’ star.
This Is Us has removed a reference to Kevin Spacey after the actor was accused of sexual harassment.
The episode, set to air Oct. 31, originally included a reference to Spacey in flashback when struggling young actor Kevin (Justin Hartley), then in his ’20s, learns his roommate had landed a role in a film starring Spacey. Kevin’s roommate then invites him to a party being held by the film’s director for the cast.
“In light of recent events, the producers have decided to remove the brief reference to Kevin Spacey,” 20th Century Fox Television, which produces the NBC drama, said in a statement Tuesday several hours before the episode was set to debut. The episode was shot before the accusation was made against two-time Oscar winner.
Spacey’s name has been in the headlines for days, ever since Star Trek actor Anthony Rapp alleged that Spacey made sexual advances towards him in 1986 when Spacey was 26 and Rapp was just 14. Rapp specifically claimed that Spacey climbed on top of him in his bedroom when Rapp attended a party at Spacey’s apartment. Hours later Rapp’s story ran on Buzzfeed, Spacey offered his “sincerest apology” but said he did not remember the incident.
In the statement, posted on Twitter late Sunday, he also came out as a gay man for the first time — a move that has since been criticized by many in Hollywood as well as GLAAD.
On Monday, Netflix and House of Cards producer Media Rights Capital said they were “deeply troubled” by the allegations made against Spacey and executives from the companies traveled to the show’s Baltimore set to speak to the cast and crew about the situation. Spacey was not on set that day, as was previously scheduled.
On Tuesday, Netflix and MRC suspended production on the upcoming sixth and final season of House of Cards indefinitely.