Izzard quits 24

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Eddie Izzard stared into Jack Bauer's face...and flinched.

Izzard, the famed British cross-dressing comedian, has reportedly quit a guest role on the Fox action series 24, on which Kiefer Sutherland plays tough guy federal agent Bauer, after one day of filming. The parting is being blamed on scheduling conflicts--show producers decided they wanted Izzard for a longer time period, but the funnyman had already committed to filming his own show, The Riches.

Izzard's spokesperson released a statement to British newspaper The Sun, saying, "Unfortunately, 24 producers wanted to option further dates that Eddie was unavailable for as he was committed to the start of his new drama The Riches. It was decided it would be better for him to stand down."

Izzard was playing the role of a villain on the Emmy-winning show. He has been replaced by another British actor, David Hunt, husband of former Everybody Loves Raymond star Patricia Heaton.

Season six of 24 begins in Janaury, and Fox put a trailer online last week. The show has added numerous big-name actors for gurest roles, most recently Deadwood actor Powers Boothe in the role of the US vice president.

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