Robin Wright says the ‘House of Cards’ cast was ‘surprised’ and ‘saddened’ by Kevin Spacey’s exit

The news of allegations of sexual misconduct against Kevin Spacey were just as much of a shock to his House of Cards co-stars as they were to the rest of the world. Netflix ultimately fired Spacey, 58, from the series in November, ahead of its sixth and final season.

During an interview with the Today show, which aired on Monday, star Robin Wright, who plays Claire Underwood, the wife of Spacey’s Frank Underwood and the new president, opened up about the aftermath of her co-star’s scandal.

“I think we were all surprised, of course, and ultimately saddened,” Wright, 52, said. “We forged ahead and we were so thankful that we were able to complete the series as planned.”

The Spacey allegations began with actor Anthony Rapp, who accused Spacey of making sexual advances toward him when he was just 14 years old. Wright made it clear that she saw no indication of this during her time with Spacey on set.

“We were coworkers really. We never socialized outside of work, respectful professional relationship. He was so great with me,” she said of Spacey. “He was never disrespectful to me. That’s my personal experience. That’s the only thing I feel that I have the right to talk about.”

Noting she hasn’t heard from Spacey and doesn’t “even know how to reach him,” Wright explained, “Kevin and I knew each other between action and cut and in between setups where we would giggle. I didn’t really, I didn’t know the man. I knew the incredible craftsman that he is.”

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Actor Kevin Spacey holding his black dog while sitting on bench outside restaurant. (Photo by Ian Cook/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images)
NEW YORK CITY - JUNE 2: Playwright Neil Simon, actor Kevin Spacey and actress Mercedes Ruehl attend the 45th Annual Tony Awards on June 2, 1991 at the Minskoff Theatre in New York City. (photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
NEW YORK CITY - JULY 21: Actor Kevin Spacey attends the 'Afraid of the Dark' New York City Premiere on July 21, 1992 at City Cinemas in New York City. (photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Kevin Spacey and Dianne Dreyer during 'Glengarry Glen Ross' Screening for Actors Fund Benefit at Ziegfield Theater in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES - SEPTEMBER 27: Actor Kevin Spacey arrives from New York City on September 27, 1992 at Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles, California. (photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode 88 -- Pictured: (l-r) Actor Kevin Spacey during an interview with host Jay Leno on October 8, 1992 -- (Photo by: Alice Hall/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK CITY - DECEMBER 16: Actor Kevin Spacey attends the 'Suddenly Last Summer' Special Screening on December 16, 1992 at the Walter Reade Theater, Lincoln Center in New York City. (photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Kevin Spacey during 'House of the Spirits' Benefit Screening for American Cinematheque at Cineplex Odeon in Century City, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
UNITED STATES - circa 1995: Kevin Spacey (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA,CA - FEBRUARY 24: Actor Kevin Spacey and mother Kathleen Spacey attend the Second Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on February 24, 1996 at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium in Santa Monica, California. (photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS,CA - MARCH 12: Actor Kevin Spacey and guest attend the 68th Annual Academy Awards Nominees Luncheon on March 12, 1996 at Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Kevin Spacey during The 68th Annual Academy Awards at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD - OCTOBER 5: Actor Kevin Spacey receives a Hollywood Walk of Fame Star on October 5, 1999 at 6803 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California. (photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Kevin Spacey during Kevin Spacey Party to the Residents of The Motion Picture & Television Fund's Retirement Community at Private House in Beverly Hills, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
Kevin Spacey and Michael J. Fox (Photo by RJ Capak/WireImage)
Bono, Winona Ryder, and Kevin Spacey backstage after U2 concert (Photo by KMazur/WireImage)
381683 02: Actor Kevin Spacey attends opening night of the off-Broadway play 'COBB' November 8, 2000 in New York, NY. Spacey produced the off-Broadway show. (Photo by Robin Platzer/Liaison)
Kevin Spacey during 2002 Tribeca Film Festival - 'About A Boy' Premiere at Tribeca Performing Arts Center in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by KMazur/WireImage)
Hollywood actor Kevin Spacey arrives at the Music Industry Trust's Awards and Dinner 2002 at Le Meridien Grosvenor House, Park Lane in London. (Photo by Ian West - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
Kevin Spacey during Anheuser-Busch, Inc. Hosts the Closing Party for the Tribeca Film Festival at Atrium in the Embassy Suites Hotel in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by James Devaney/WireImage)
Kevin Spacey and Dana Brunetti during 2003 Toronto International Film Festival - Budweiser/TriggerStreet.com Party at Lobby in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by J. Vespa/WireImage)
Kate Bosworth and Kevin Spacey during Beyond the Sea New York City Premiere - Outside Arrivals at Ziegfeld Theater in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
NEW YORK - DECEMBER 8: (U.S. TABS AND HOLLYWOOD REPORTER OUT) Singer Peter Cincotti, actor Kevin Spacey and singer Michael Stipe of R.E.M. attend the 'Beyond The Sea' New York premiere afterparty at the Starlight Room in the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel December 8, 2004 in New York City. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images)
PALM SPRINGS, CA - JANUARY 8: Actor Kevin Spacey attends the 16th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival at the Palm Springs Convention Center on January 8, 2005 in Palm Springs, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
Kevin Spacey during Kevin Spacey Announces The Launch of The New Triggerstreet.com and Their Latest Venture With Budweiser Select at Social Hollywood in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
Kevin Spacey and Eve Best during Opening Night Curtain Call and Press Room for A Moon for the Misbegotten - April 9, 2007 at The Brooks Atkinson Theatre in New York, New York, United States. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
GENEVA - APRIL 17: Actors Kevin Spacey, Elliot Cowan and Cate Blanchett attend the IWC Da Vinci Launch party held at the Geneva Palaexpo on April 17, 2007 in Geneva, Switzerland. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images for IWC)
Actor Jim Sturgess and actor Kevin Spacey attend the premiere of '21' at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on March 12, 2008 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Denise Truscello/WireImage)
Actor Kevin Spacey arrives at the premiere of the film '21' in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Farina/Corbis via Getty Images)
Kevin Spacey attends a photo call for 'Recount' during the 34th Deauville American Film Festival. (Photo by Stephane Cardinale/Corbis via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 21: Actor Kevin Spacey arrives at the 60th Primetime Emmy Awards held at Nokia Theatre on September 21, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 21: Actor Kevin Spacey (L) and actress Laura Dern attend the HBO EMMY Party at the Plaza at the Pacific Design Center on September 21, 2008 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for Media Placement)
LONDON - OCTOBER 15: Kevin Spacey at the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park Hotel in London, England United Kingdom on October 15, 2009. (Photo by Munawar Hosain/Fotos International/Getty Images) Reproduction by American tabloids is absolutely forbidden.
Stars of the film 'Men Who Stare At Goats' George Clooney (right) and Kevin Spacey during a photocall at Vue West End in Leicester Square, central London. (Photo by Yui Mok/PA Images via Getty Images)
DOHA, QATAR - OCTOBER 27: Director of the Doha Tribeca Film Festival Amanda Palmer and actor Kevin Spacey arrive at the 'Casino Jack' Premiere during the 2010 Doha Tribeca Film Festival held at the Katara Opera House on October 27, 2010 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images for DTFF)
DOHA, QATAR - OCTOBER 28: Actor Kevin Spacey poses for a portrait during the 2010 Doha Tribeca Film Festival held at the Katara on October 28, 2010 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images for DTFF)
CENTURY CITY, CA - NOVEMBER 04: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Actor Kevin Spacey onstage during the BAFTA Los Angeles 2010 Britannia Awards held at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza on November 4, 2010 in Century City, California. The BAFTA Los Angeles 2010 Brittania Awards will be aired on the TV Guide Channel on November 7th, 2010. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images For BAFTA Los Angeles)
LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 370 -- Pictured: (l-r) Actor Kevin Spacey during an interview with host Jimmy Fallon on January 4, 2011 (Photo by Lloyd Bishop/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
(L-R) Director JC Chandor and actors Zachary Quinto, Kevin Spacey, Paul Bettany and Jeremy Irons attend the 'Margin Call' Premiere , during the 61st Berlin Film Festival. (Photo by Stephane Cardinale/Corbis via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 17: Actor Kevin Spacey attends the 'Margin Call' premiere at the Landmark Sunshine Cinema on October 17, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 18: Actor Kevin Spacey attends the opening night of 'Richard III' at the BAM Harvey Theater on January 18, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Zimmerman/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - SEPTEMBER 21: Actor Kevin Spacey attends the BAFTA LA TV Tea 2013 presented by BBC America and Audi held at the SLS Hotel on September 21, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 22: Actor Kevin Spacey arrives at the 65th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on September 22, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Vespa/WireImage)
'JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE: AFTER THE OSCARS(r)' SPECIAL - The 9th annual 'Jimmy Kimmel Live: After the Oscars(r)' Special airs Sunday, March 2 after the late local news ET/CT and at 10:00 p.m., PT on ABC. Broadcasting from Disney's El Capitan Theater located on Hollywood Boulevard in the heart of L.A.'s star-studded Walk of Fame, the studio is just steps away from Dolby Theater, home to the Academy Awards(r). (Photo by Randy Holmes/ABC via Getty Images) JIMMY KIMMEL, KEVIN SPACEY
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Actor Kevin Spacey arrives at the 86th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
LA QUINTA, CA - MARCH 04: Kevin Spacey attends 10th Annual Desert Showdown at La Quinta Resort and Club on March 4, 2014 in La Quinta, California. (Photo by Robin Marchant/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 22: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Kevin Spacey visits at SiriusXM Studios on April 22, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images)
US actor Kevin Spacey poses on the green carpet at the Raymond James Stadium on the fourth and final day of the 15th International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Awards in Tampa, Florida, April 26, 2014. AFP PHOTO FREDERIC J. BROWN (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)
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LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 26: Kevin Spacey and Dana Brunetti attend the World Premiere of 'House of Cards' Season 3 at The Empire Cinema on February 26, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
HAMBURG, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 27: Kevin Spacey attends the Goldene Kamera 2015 on February 27, 2015 in Hamburg, Germany. (Photo by Franziska Krug/Getty Images)
HAMBURG, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 27: Kevin Spacey attends the Goldene Kamera 2015 on February 27, 2015 in Hamburg, Germany. (Photo by Franziska Krug/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 25: Honoree Kevin Spacey (L) and actor John Stamos attend the 4th Annual 'Reel Stories, Real Lives', benefiting the Motion Picture & Television Fund at Milk Studios on April 25, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Motion Picture & Television Fund)
US actor Kevin Spacey performs on stage during the amfAR's 23rd Cinema Against AIDS Gala on May 19, 2016 at the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Cap d'Antibes, France. / AFP / ALBERTO PIZZOLI (Photo credit should read ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP/Getty Images)
CAP D'ANTIBES, FRANCE - MAY 19: Kevin Spacey attends the amfAR's 23rd Cinema Against AIDS Gala at the annual 69th Cannes Film Festival at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc on May 19, 2016 in Cap d'Antibes, France. (Photo by Stephane Cardinale - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 20: Kevin Spacey seen during the annual 69th Cannes Film Festival on May 20, 2016 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Robino Salvatore/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 22: Actor Kevin Spacey (L) and Singer Andra Day perform at the The Apollo Celebration of Ella at The Apollo Theater on October 22, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Mark Sagliocco/Getty Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0656 -- Pictured: (l-r) Actor Kevin Spacey during an interview with host Jimmy Fallon on April 18, 2017 -- (Photo by: Andrew Lipovsky/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - MAY 2: Oscar, Golden Globe and Tony Award-winning actor Kevin Spacey will host THE 71st ANNUAL TONY AWARDS, live from the historic Radio City Music Hall in New York City, Sunday, June 11 (8:00-11:00 PM, live ET/delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by Joe Pugliese/CBS via Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MAY 08: Actor and Executive Producer Kevin Spacey (L) and Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos attend Netflix's 'House of Cards' For Your Consideration Event at Netflix FYSee Space on May 8, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Rodin Eckenroth/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 21: Kevin Spacey attends the European Premiere of 'Baby Driver' at Cineworld Leicester Square on June 21, 2017 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by David M Benett/Dave Benett/WireImage )
ROME, ITALY - AUGUST 26: Kevin Spacey looks on prior to the Serie A match between AS Roma and FC Internazionale on August 26, 2017 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Emilio Andreoli - Inter/Inter via Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 27: Kevin Spacey speaks onstage at the 2017 AMD British Academy Britannia Awards Presented by American Airlines And Jaguar Land Rover at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on October 27, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/BAFTA LA/Getty Images for BAFTA LA)
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When interviewer Savannah Guthrie asked Wright if she felt Netflix had made the right decision in firing Spacey, she replied, “I don’t know how to comment on that, but I think at that time the shock was so intense all over the nation for many reasons, many stories, many people, I think that everybody felt that it was respectful to back off.”

Wright also said “who hasn’t” when asked if she’d ever been sexually harassed in her industry.

“This is a bigger, broader issue, I think. Seduction, I don’t care who you are, it’s about power. And once you overpower someone, that person then becomes vulnerable,” she said. “This last year I think has shined a light in a new way to allow us to start a new conversation, so we just need to shift the paradigm.”

The final season of House of Cards will be released this fall on Netflix.

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US actress Robin Wright poses for photographers on the red carpet ahead of the world premiere of the television series 'House of Cards - Season 3 Episode 1' in London on February 26, 2015. AFP PHOTO / JUSTIN TALLIS (Photo credit should read JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JANUARY 27: (L-R) Ben Foster and Robin Wright attend the Giorgio Armani Prive show as part of Paris Fashion Week Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2015 on January 27, 2015 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 11: Actors Robin Wright and Ben Foster attend the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 11, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 10: Robin Wright and Ben Foster seen at LAX on January 10, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by GVK/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 22: Actress Robin Wright attends Lionsgate and Roadside Attraction's premiere of 'A Most Wanted Man' hosted by The Cinema Society and Montblanc at the Museum of Modern Art on July 22, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)
NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 05: Actress Robin Wright attends Netflix's Academy Panel 'Women Ruling TV' at Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre on June 5, 2014 in North Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JUNE 04: Actress Robin Wright attends the Los Angeles Confidential celebration of the Women of Influence issue on June 4, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Chelsea Lauren/Getty Images for Los Angeles Confidential)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JUNE 04: (EDITORS NOTE:Image converted to B/W) Actress Robin Wright attends Los Angeles Confidential Magazine and Cover Star Robin Wright Celebrate The Magazine's Women Of Influence Issue at SIXTY Beverly Hills on June 4, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JUNE 03: Actress Robin Wright attends United Friends Of The Children, Brass Ring Awards Dinner 2014 at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on June 3, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Valerie Macon/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 18: Actress Robin Wright arrives at the 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 18, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)
WASHINGTON, DC- JUNE 29: Actress Robin Wright speaks during the 2015 MORE Impact Awards Luncheon at The Newseum in June 29, 2015 in Washington DC. (Photo by Kris Connor/ FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - APRIL 27: Robin Wright arrives at Netflix's 'House Of Cards' screening event held at Samuel Goldwyn Theater on April 27, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24: Actress Robin Wright speaks on stage during the Women In The World Summit held in New York on April 24, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew Toth/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 26: Robin Wright attends the World Premiere of 'House of Cards' Season 3 at The Empire Cinema on February 26, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Tim Whitby/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JANUARY 27: Ben Foster and Robin Wright attend the Giorgio Armani Prive show as part of Paris Fashion Week Haute-Couture Spring/Summer 2015 on January 27, 2015 in Paris, France. (Photo by Michel Dufour/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 11: 72nd ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS -- Pictured: Actress Robin Wright arrives to the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 11, 2015. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/NBC/NBC via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 05: Robin Wright at the 'House Of Cards' Press Conference at The London Hotel on December 5, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Vera Anderson/WireImage)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0092 -- Pictured: Actress Robin Wright on July 23, 2014 -- (Photo by: Douglas Gorenstein/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
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