'Jack Bauer' goes under the knife, shutting down 24

Looks like time has finally caught up with Jack Bauer: Kiefer Sutherland, who plays the terrorist fighter on Fox's 24, is undergoing surgery to deal with a ruptured cyst near his kidneys, shutting down production on the series.

Sutherland's publicist, Evelyn Karamanos, issued this statement:

"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 next week."

The cyst ruptured last week while Sutherland was working, and production continued without him through Friday.

Twentieth Century Fox Television released the following statement:

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

The Fox series is in its eighth season, which may be its last. 24 is being pitched as a movie with Sutherland continuing to play uber-American hero Jack Bauer.

Can American survive without Jack for one week?

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