Kiefer Sutherland Surgery Halts 24 Production

Feb. 15 2010, Published 4:31 a.m. ET

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The hit show 24 has temporarily halted production while star Kiefer Sutherland is having elective surgery has learned. The actor, 43, had the surgery for a ruptured cyst that is near one of his kidneys.

According to reports, the cyst ruptured early last week but production continued until Friday without Sutherland.

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

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The surgery is not considered serious and Kiefer will resume his Jack Bauer role shortly.

A rep for Sutherland said: "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. He looks forward to returning to work (this) week."


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