'24' shuts down for Kiefer Sutherland surgery

kiefer-sutherland2-24-320.jpgJack Bauer and "24" have been stopped, temporarily.

The clock will stop on production of the FOX series this week so star Kiefer Sutherland can have surgery on a ruptured cyst near one of his kidneys.

Sutherland's publicist, Evelyn Karamanos, tells the Los Angeles Times that the procedure as "minor elective surgery," but adds that he wanted to take care of it now "as a precaution as opposed to six weeks from now when production wraps. He looks forward to returning to work next week."

The week off shouldn't disrupt the airing of "24" on FOX, according to a statement from producer 20th Century Fox TV. The show airs its eighth episode of season 8 on Monday (Feb. 15).

The cyst ruptured earlier in the week, but production on "24" continued through Friday with scenes not involving Sutherland's character, Jack Bauer.

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