Even though Keifer Sutherland has been sentenced to 30 days in Los Angeles County Jail, production on his popular Fox television series 24 will not be affected. According to Variety, the actor pleaded no contest to a charge of driving under the influence.

Sutherland is scheduled to spend an extra 18 days behind bars starting December 21st for a prior conviction. This stint in the slammer will fall conveniently during 24's holiday hiatus. The rest of his thirty day sentence will take place after 24 wraps its seventh season in the spring. Sutherland has until July 1st to complete his jail term.

Century Fox TV released a statement saying, "Kiefer made clear to us at the time of his arrest that his first concern was the welfare of those he worked with and that he intended to do whatever was necessary to prevent shutting down the show because of his situation. He told us that even if he had to sacrifice more time in custody in order to protect the show and the jobs of those who work with him, he would do so. From what occurred today, it is evident he is a man of his word."

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Sutherland himself stated. "I'm very disappointed in myself for the poor judgment I exhibited recently, and I'm deeply sorry for the disappointment and distress this has caused my family, friends and co-workers on 24 and at 20th Century Fox. I appreciate the support and concern that has been extended to me these last weeks both personally and professionally."

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B. Alan Orange