Bosses at U.S. network Fox announced last month (Mar10) that the action show’s current eighth season will be its last.
Sutherland recently filmed his final scenes as Jack Bauer – and it was an emotional moment for the star.
He tells Britain’s Friday Night With Jonathan Ross TV show, “It’s been the gift of a lifetime. It’s a bittersweet situation. We believe it was right to end the series but we were not prepared for the emotional reaction. We worked with the same people for 14 hours a day, five days a week for nine years and they become like your family. I spent more time with them than my family.
“The very last day, it was hard shooting it and the second they called the last wrap I watched really tough guys fall apart. It was really moving. I thought I had prepared for it, I went to say a few words to the crew about how much this time had meant to me and my bottom lip went – as much as you think you can prepare for a moment like that it was much more difficult than I thought.”
But the star is delighted with the ending. He adds, “There’s a very touching moment. I don’t think me or the other actor thought it would be. That last moment actually worked well, we’re proud of it and it worked really well.”