‘24’ Showrunner Reveals Kiefer Sutherland Wanted Jack Bauer to Die

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Howard Gordon, the showrunner of Fox’s “24”, revealed that Jack Bauer’s greatest enemy may have been himself.

“Kiefer [Sutherland] actually wanted Jack Bauer to die, and we had many conversations about it… many of us, including his agent, tried to talk him out of it, but then there was an edict from very high up [within Fox] and Jack Bauer is still alive,” Gordon said.

In 2014, Sutherland appeared in the mini-series “24: Live Another Day,” but last year the actor commented on his relationship with the franchise. “’24’ is definitely over now for me. It’s one of the greatest gifts I’ve been given as an actor. But, it’s moving on without me.”

Gordon also discussed the “24” spinoff, “24: Legacy,” slated for 2017, where “Straight Outta Compton” star Corey Hawkins will take over as Bauer’s CTU successor. Though Bauer is not a star of the new series, Gordon said, “There’s always a chance he could come back.”

Gordon, who also co-created and wrote “Homeland” spoke about Bauer’s influence in his latter work. “Jack Bauer has cast a very long and powerful shadow,” he said.

“Carrie Mathison [Claire Danes’ character in ‘Homeland’] was born out of Jack Bauer. So was Corey’s character. We are fishing in the same pond for stories. Jack Bauer is the atom.”

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  1. V. Moran says:

    Jack Bauer can’t return in a 5 minute cameo. We want him back for a few episodes!

  2. John Connor says:

    I’m very happy with the ending that Jack Bauer got. I don’t understand why they want to continue 24. Now I’m hoping Jack returns as the “villain” working for Russia because he discovers that America is in the wrong and he has to stop the new protagonists we are following. Jack will slaughter them all. Jack will become Nina Myers.

  3. Rene says:

    Just a sad attempt to get people interested in this bland mess of a reboot! I think it’s kind of sad that in other versions of this interview Mr. Gordon felt the need to say that it was partially Kiefer’s ” self desructive nature” that made him (supposedly) want Jack to die. I guess it was “self destructive” to want to do something besides being FOX’s pet actor. I hope Designated Survivor does as many seasons as the original (good)24 and walks all over anything FOX puts out! Except Gotham.

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