Cut Kiefer Sutherland's Ford ads, Canada group says

Fri Dec 7, 2007 4:46pm EST
 
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By Natalie Armstrong

TORONTO (Reuters) - Kiefer Sutherland, star of the hit television series "24," should be cut from Canadian TV ads promoting Ford vehicles after his second drunk driving conviction, an advocacy group said on Friday

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Canada is demanding Ford Motor Co of Canada pull ads in which Sutherland does the voice-over.

"Ford Motor Company has a wonderful opportunity to send Mr. Sutherland a fairly strong message," Andrew Murie, chief executive of MADD Canada, told Reuters in an interview.

"There should never be an excuse, when you can afford your own driver or your own limousine, to ever get into this situation. It astounds me that Mr. Sutherland would ever put himself in this position."

Sutherland, a Canadian and the son of actor Donald Sutherland, has been in a California prison since Wednesday, sentenced to 48 days in jail for drunk driving.

He was arrested in September, when he was still on probation for a 2004 drunk driving offense. He pleaded no contest in October.

Ford of Canada has not pulled the Sutherland ads. In a statement e-mailed to Reuters on Friday, it called drunk driving a "very serious offense."

"While Ford of Canada currently has a contract with Kiefer Sutherland as the voice for some TV commercials, we are evaluating that position," Ford said in the statement.   Continued...

 
<p>Kiefer Sutherland, nominee for Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series for his work in the show "24," arrives at the 59th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, California September 16, 2007. Sutherland, star of the hit television series "24", should be cut from Canadian TV ads promoting Ford vehicles after his second drunk driving conviction, an advocacy group said on Friday. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholso</p>