Filming on television series '24' has had to be shut down briefly to allow its star and executive producer Kiefer Sutherland have an operation.
EW reports that Sutherland suffered a ruptured cyst near his kidney last week but filming continued until Friday as he was not required on set. However there is now a temporary shutdown while Sutherland recovers with production set to resume later this week.
The actor’s publicist 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." The statement continued "He looks forward to returning to work next week."
20th Century Fox added in its own 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."