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Season 8 is going to be 24's last. The long-running action series starring Kiefer Sutherland has been canceled, Fox announced Friday.

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"This has been the role of a lifetime, and I will never be able to fully express my appreciation to everyone who made it possible," Sutherland said. "While the end of the series is bittersweet, we always wanted 24 to finish on a high note, so the decision to make the eighth season our last was one we all agreed upon."

"Kiefer and I have loved every minute of making 24, but we all believe that now is the right time to call it a day," said executive producer Howard Gordon. "I echo his sentiments of gratitude toward the show's amazing creative team, as well as the studio and network who have always believed in us and shown us unbelievable support."

The news first broke on former executive producer Jon Cassar's Twitter. "News from the 24 set, the crew has been told that 24 has come to an end. There will [be] no Season 9. It's been a great run, thanx all 4 watching," he tweeted.

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Despite reports that NBC was considering picking up the action series if it were canceled, Gordon told The Hollywood Reporter that the writers could not come up with a story line for the ninth season.

"If one of the writers came up with a good idea, I'd happily pitch it to Kiefer and then happily pitch to a network, whether Fox or someone else," Gordon said. "We just don't have that idea, and that's where everything has to start."

A big-screen adaptation is at the screenwriting stage. "Looking ahead to the future, Howard Gordon and I are excited about the opportunity to create the feature film version of 24," said Sutherland.

24: Jack Bauer will survive to the end of the series

When the series ends, we can at least expect Jack Bauer to survive. "I have always flirted with the idea that seeing Jack's last hours would be very dramatic," Gordon has told TVGuide.com. "I'm not saying it's a happy ending, but I think Jack lives. How he lives is the real question."

Meantime, Eriq La Salle, the one-time ER doctor, has signed on for this final season's final two episodes, playing the U.N. secretary-general, Entertainment Weekly reports.

24 will end its run when the final two hours air Monday, May 24 at 8/7c.