At present, previous seasons of the Netflix megahit House of Cards, are still available for fans to stream. However, that may soon change. The streaming media juggernaut recently announced plans to cancel any further seasons of the hit program after the accusations of sexual misconduct against series star Kevin Spacey went public.

It’s a difficult decision for Netflix. The program is one of a handful that made the streaming network a major entertainment media contender. Fans were riveted to Spacey’s conniving Frank Underwood and his manipulative life-mate, Claire, played by Robin Wright.

House of Cards Was Popular Among Fans

House of Cards, along with Orange is the New Black, put the network on the map. Now, four years after those shows debuted, the network is riding a wave of hit programming, including a long-running set of series based on Marvel Comics characters, as well as an interesting grab bag of suspense programs, cop shows, period dramas and historical epics.

It’s fair to say House of Cards helped invent binge watching. The program certainly shares some of the credit for telegraphing the potential success of other streaming services such as Amazon Prime Video and Hulu.

Now, though, that legacy is tarnished. After the allegations against Spacey came out, Netflix immediately announced it would no longer create or air new episodes of the program. That abrupt decision, especially based solely on a single allegation against one series star, upset many dedicated fans who wanted to see what happened to Underwood in the long run.

But fan reaction has been decidedly split. Many are saying Netflix made the right call. They want a strong and definitive line drawn in the sand, and they are tired of hearing rumors and accusations of abuse coming out of Hollywood with absolutely no results.

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House of Cards Without Kevin Spacey

Now, Netflix is trying to walk the tightrope between these fans by leaking rumors that they might have some House of Cards spin-off shows in the works that don’t involve Spacey. While, on the surface, that sounds like an appealing compromise, many are saying that boat won’t float. Despite the accusations against him, there’s no doubt it was Spacey who drove that show. Underwood was the corrupt and manic energy behind the plot. Without him, the magic is gone, perhaps irreparably.

Sitcoms have tried to replace key characters many times in the past, with mixed results. Some programs are able to limp along. Others immediately implode. What will happen with House of Cards? Some are saying a clean break is best. Keep pumping out great programs and fans will eventually forget. That may be the best course of action. How they handle this will be interesting to watch.

Ronn Torossian is the Founder and CEO of the New York based public relations firm 5WPR: one of the 20 largest PR Firms in the United States

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Ronn Torossian is the Founder & Chairman of 5W Public Relations, one of the largest independently owned PR firms in the United States. Since founding 5WPR in 2003, he has led the company's growth and vision, with the agency earning accolades including being named a Top 50 Global PR Agency by PRovoke Media, a top three NYC PR agency by O'Dwyers, one of Inc. Magazine's Best Workplaces and being awarded multiple American Business Awards, including a Stevie Award for PR Agency of the Year. With over 25 years of experience crafting and executing powerful narratives, Torossian is one of America's most prolific and well-respected public relations executives. Throughout his career he has advised leading and high-growth businesses, organizations, leaders and boards across corporate, technology and consumer industries. Torossian is known as one of the country's foremost experts on crisis communications. He has lectured on crisis PR at Harvard Business School, appears regularly in the media and has authored two editions of his book, "For Immediate Release: Shape Minds, Build Brands, and Deliver Results With Game-Changing Public Relations," which is an industry best-seller. Torossian's strategic, resourceful approach has been recognized with numerous awards including being named the Stevie American Business Awards Entrepreneur of the Year, the American Business Awards PR Executive of the Year, twice over, an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year semi-finalist, a Top Crisis Communications Professional by Business Insider, Metropolitan Magazine's Most Influential New Yorker, and a recipient of Crain's New York Most Notable in Marketing & PR. Outside of 5W, Torossian serves as a business advisor to and investor in multiple early stage businesses across the media, B2B and B2C landscape. Torossian is the proud father of two daughters. He is an active member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO) and a board member of multiple not for profit organizations.