The House of Cards has fallen and, despite Netflix's insistence, the timing is suspect at best.
The political drama will end after the sixth season, the streaming service announced last Monday, less than 24 hours after Star Trek: Discovery star Anthony Rapp accused star Kevin Spacey of making a sexual advance when Rapp was 14 years old. The series has since halted production. If Netflix's decision to axe the long-running program did stem from the explosive allegations against Spacey, House of Cards would not be the first show to see major changes after a scandal.
Dr. Burke left Seattle Grace in 2007 after Isaiah Washington called then-costar T.R. Knight (George O'Malley) a f----- during an on-set fight. He returned to Grey's Anatomy in 2014 to help say goodbye to Sandra Oh's Cristina Yang.
Two and a Half Men
The CBS sitcom was put on hiatus in February 2010 after star Charlie Sheen announced he was entering drug rehab, then again in January 2011. The eighth season was shut down shortly after Sheen blasted creator Chuck Lorre, calling him a "stupid, stupid little man" and a "pussy punk." By March, CBS and Warner Bros. announced Sheen had been fired from Two and a Half Men, citing "moral turpitude."
Nicollette Sheridan was written off of Wisteria Lane in 2009 after she claimed show creator Marc Cherry slapped her after she questioned him about the script. Sheridan filed a $20 million lawsuit in 2010, alleging assault and battery, gender violence and wrongful dismissal, but the suit resulted in a hung jury in 2012 and was then tossed out by a judge five years later.
In August 2016, Thomas Gibson was fired from the CBS show after kicking a writer on set. Gibson, who had starred on the criminal procedural for 11 seasons, faced an initial two-episode suspension that was eventually turned into a permanent decision.
Escaping the KKK
A controversial docuseries about the Ku Klux Klan was canceled by A&E in December 2016, but the network claimed it had nothing to do with the backlash. The show, which was following families in the South as some tried to leave the racist, anti-Semitic group, was instead pulled because producers had paid the subjects for their participation.
19 Kids and Counting
Two months after Josh Duggar was accused of molesting five underage girls, including four siblings, when he was a teenager, TLC canceled the reality show about the oversized family in July 2015. The Duggars spun the story and said they were using the "painful situation" to help people move "toward faith in God."
Bill Maher's talk show was canceled in June 2002, just months after controversial comments about then-President George W. Bush about the Sept. 11. attacks.
"We have been the cowards, lobbing cruise missiles from 2,000 miles away," Maher said on his show six days after the attacks. "That's cowardly. Staying in the airplane when it hits the building, say what you want about it, it's not cowardly."
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Small screen rocked by scandals