Halted for Kiefer Sutherland, '24' to Resume Production Soon

Mon, 15 February 2010 02:25:08 ET

Halted for Kiefer Sutherland, '24' to Resume Production Soon
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Explaining that FOX and the actor have agreed for him to complete the surgical procedure he needed due to his ruptured cyst, his publicist adds, 'He looks forward to returning to work next week.'
has brought the production of "24" to a temporary shut down because of his health condition. Both his publicist and FOX have issued a statement on Sunday, February 14 explaining the suspension of the production was done to give the action drama series' leading actor as well as executive producer time to undergo minor surgery related to a ruptured cyst near his kidney.

"While Kiefer Sutherland is frustrated to miss even one day of work, he and Fox decided together that it would be best to complete this minor elective procedure now as a precaution as opposed to six weeks from now when production wraps," Sutherland's rep Evelyn Karamanos explained to Los Angeles Times. "He looks forward to returning to work next week."

Issuing similar statement about the production delay was FOX. "We are temporarily suspending production of '24' while our friend and colleague Kiefer Sutherland undergoes a medical procedure," the network claimed. "We hope to resume production shortly and do not anticipate any disruption in the broadcast of this season's episodes."

Los Angeles Times noted that Kiefer Sutherland suffered a ruptured cyst earlier in the week, but the production of "24" continued with scenes not involving his character, Jack Bauer, through Friday, February 12. The show will go on airing the eighth episode of season 8 on Monday, February 15.

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