According to TVLine, Spacey was originally referenced in "The 20's," airing Tuesday, Oct. 31. The Halloween episode included a flashback to Kevin Pearson (Justin Hartley) in 2008, with the struggling actor resentful of his roommate for booking a job on a movie with Kevin Spacey. NBC gave media a copy of the episode ahead of time, including that Spacey reference, but after the recent sexual misconduct allegations against Spacey, the line was removed from the airing on NBC. Presumably, the show didn't want to distract viewers with the unexpectedly timely reference.
Spacey has been in headlines this week after actor Anthony Rapp accused him of trying to "seduce" him in the mid-80s when Rapp was only 14-years-old. Spacey's apology statement didn't seem to help much and was roundly criticized. Spacey's "House of Cards" is currently filming Season 6, but Netflix has shut down production indefinitely. It was also revealed that Season 6 will be the final season of the show.
"This Is Us" airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. on NBC.
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