Freddie Prinze Jr. Slams Kiefer Sutherland - Says His 24 Experience Was 'Terrible'
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 07.28.2014
He says Sutherland was unprofessional...
I guess we know why Cole wasn't back for 24: Live Another Day. TMZ reports Freddie Prinze Jr. trashed Kiefer Sutherland in a new interview with ABC News, saying that his experience working with Sutherland on 24's eighth season was "terrible."
Prinze told the news source, "I did 24...it was terrible. I hated every moment of it. I just wanted to quit the business after that. So, I just sort of stopped...Kiefer was the most unprofessional dude in the world. That's not me talking trash, I'd say it to his face. I think everyone that's worked with him has said that."
Prinze even took a shot at Sutherland's height and compared working with the actor to working with Vince McMahon, saying, "I went and worked for Vince McMahon at the WWE, for Christ's sake … but, at least he was cool and tall. I didn't have to take my shoes off to do scenes with him, which they made me do [at 24]. Just put the guy on an apple box or don't hire me next time. You know I'm 6 feet and he's 5'4."
TMZ also notes that according to sources connected with Prinze, he says Sutherland was regularly drunk on set and would sit in his trailer for hours, making everyone wait. He has claimed that Sutherland was temperamental and got people on the show fired if he didn't like them, while producers just did what he asked.
The sources then shoot themselves completely in the foot, claiming that Prinze was being groomed to take over the show but that he declined because of how bad an experience it was. While Cole was one of the rare characters to appear in every episode of their season, anyone who saw 24 season eight would likely find the idea that Cole was set to replace Jack Bauer a little laughable.
Sutherland's rep told TMZ, "Kiefer worked with Freddie Prinze, Jr. more than 5 years ago, and this is the first he has heard of Freddie's grievances...Kiefer enjoyed working with Freddie and wishes him the best."
A Fox official added that Sutherland was "nothing but professional during the run of the show and is beloved by cast and crew.. It's so out of left field, 5 years later...We wouldn't have done another 24 if Kiefer were anything like Freddie described."