By Jennifer Armstrong
Updated February 14, 2010 at 10:31 PM EST

24 has briefly shut down production to allow for star/executive producer Kiefer Sutherland to have surgery for a ruptured cyst near his kidney, confirms. The cyst ruptured earlier in the week, but production on the Fox drama continued through Friday without him; it will cease temporarily because of Sutherland’s central role in the action, but is expected to be rolling again by late next week. “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,” his publicist said in a statement. “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.”