In the wake of mounting allegations against House of Cards actor Kevin Spacey, we have now learned that he will be cut out of the upcoming 50th anniversary special of The Carol Burnett Show. Not long after the Harvey Weinstein scandal rocked Hollywood, actor Anthony Rapp from Star Trek: Discovery accused Spacey of making a “sexual advance” 30 years ago while working on a play together - Rapp was 14, Spacey 26.
Since, the allegations have only been piling up, including an unnamed 48-year-old artist, who was also 14 when he engaged in a sexual relationship with Spacey, filmmaker Tony Montana, actor Roberto Cavazos, actor Richard Dreyfuss' son Harry and eight House of Cards employees who have worked on the series accusing Spacey of sexual harassment. The fallout has led Netflix to cut all ties with Spacey refusing to continue working on House of Cards with the actor and dropping the upcoming Gore Vidal biopic, Gore, which was set to star Spacey. Sony Pictures has also pulled his film All the Money in the World from AFI Fest and he has been dropped from his agency, CAA, and his publicist, Staci Wolfe.
A new report on Variety now confirms that Spacey will be cut out of the upcoming 50th anniversary special of The Carol Burnett Show set to air December 3 on CBS. Spacey taped the special in Los Angeles back in October and performed a musical number with Carol Burnett, Kristin Chenoweth and Bernadette Peters. It has not been revealed whether the entire number will be cut from the show, but as of now we know that Spacey will not be featured in the final broadcast. Variety had attended the taping and revealed that Spacey was excited about being part of the special, here is what they said:
“He exhibited great excitement at being a part of the evening and entertained the audience in between acts by doing impressions and by jumping into the famous dentist chair from Tim Conway and Harvey Korman’s classic sketch.”
With many now coming out and taking a stand against their abusers and perpetrators of sexual assault in Hollywood, it's a smart move for CBS to drop Spacey since they wouldn't want their anniversary special of The Carol Burnett Show to air in the dark cloud of accusations following the actor. It will also take a long time for Spacey to recover, if he ever does, from these accusations. Currently, he is “seeking treatment” for his behavior, but only time will tell if Spacey will return to the big and small screen in good standing.
Along with Burnett, Chenoweth and Peters, the 50th anniversary of The Carol Burnett Show will also feature original cast members Vicki Lawrence and Lyle Waggoner, costume designer Bob Mackie, Jim Carrey, Stephen Colbert, Harry Connick Jr., Bill Hader, Jay Leno, Jane Lynch, Maya Rudolph, Martin Short and more.
Screen Rant will keep you updated on all news about The Carol Burnett Show and the allegations against Kevin Spacey.