AceShowbiz - "This Is Us" edited out a reference to Kevin Spacey which was originally featured in Tuesday, October 31 episode. The NBC series' decision to scrap the reference came in light of recent sexual misconduct allegations against the "House of Cards" actor.
"In light of recent events, the producers have decided to remove the brief reference to Kevin Spacey," 20th Century Fox Television said in a statement several hours before the episode aired.
The said episode, titled "The 20s", threw everything back to 2008. It initially featured 20-something Kevin (Justin Hartley), who is struggling to make ends meet. Later, his roommate returned home and told him that he landed a role in a Kevin Spacey movie. "Dude, I booked the Kevin Spacey movie," the roommate's line allegedly read.
The roommate later invited Kevin to a party which would be attended by the cast. The episode was filmed about two months ago, so the reference was coincidental.
The fallout against Spacey arrived after actor Anthory Rapp alleged that the Oscar-winning actor made a sexual advance at him when he was 14. And just recently, director and actor Tony Montana accused Spacey of groping him. According to Montana, the Oscar-winning actor "put his hand on my crotch forcefully and grabbed my whole package."
In response to Rapp's story, Spacey took to his Twitter account to release an official statement. He claimed that he didn't remember the encounter, though he owed Rapp "the sincerest apology for what would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behaviour." The "American Beauty" star also came out as gay in the post.
The scandal affected Netflix's flagship series "House of Cards", on which he stared as Francis Underwood. The streaming giant revealed on Monday that the political drama would conclude in the sixth and final season. It was also announced that "MRC and Netflix have decided to suspend production on 'House of Cards' season six, until further notice."