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Jack will be back for 24's eighth season.

Kiefer Sutherland says he will stick with the Fox drama, and that it's up to the writers to determine how long the show will air, according to The Associated Press. Sutherland said his decision to return for Season 8, which will start shooting in May, was out of respect for the show that revived his career.

"If I was going to liken 24 to a girlfriend, 24 has been really good to me," he said. "And I need to be really good back."

Sutherland said he has other projects he would like to work on, but that his iconic character remains his top priority. "I was so fortunate to be part of something like 24 that my focus is still on that right now," he said.

As for how many days 24 has left: "The real pressure is placed on the writers," Sutherland said. "It's a real question about how much they feel they can give and what they can do."

Sutherland, who can next be heard in this weekend's 3-D animated movie Monsters vs. Aliens, said he enjoyed the change of pace of doing a kid's flick, and isn't worried about being typecast in Bauer-like roles in the future.

"I will do the work I want to do and people can accept it or not," he said.

Are you pumped to have Sutherland on board for another year?