It’s over folks! The Fox mega hit “24” has officially been canceled. After weeks of speculation on whether or not Kiefer Sutherland or the producers would return for a 9th season, we finally have our answer. The news comes from a tweet sent out by one of the show’s executive producers, Jon Cassar.

It turns out that the people over on the “24″ set have been notified that Fox has pulled the plug. There will be no season 9, and Jack Bauer’s journeys are done (at least on TV anyway). Here’s the tweet that was sent out via Cassar’s official Twitter page,

“News from the 24 set,the crew has been told that 24 has come to an end. There will b no season 9. Its been a great run, thanx all 4 watching”

I know there are millions of Jack Bauer fans out there screaming to the sky as they read this, but it was bound to happen. The show had a good run, won some Emmys and kicked Kiefer Sutherland’s career into high gear. From what I’ve been seeing the quality of the writing hasn’t been up to par with the previous seasons and it was time for it to go.

Before you get too depressed, take solace in knowing that a theatrical movie is still on the horizon. Fox has plans to take Bauer and company to the big screen, and in order to do that the show had to end. Producers repeatedly stated that a theatrical film couldn’t happen while the series was still on the air. Screenwriter Billy Ray, is already on board to pen the script that will send Jack Bauer overseas to Europe.

How do you feel about Fox pulling the plug on 24? Did you think it was time? How should the show end?