by Zach Johnson | Mon., Jul. 28, 2014 10:28 AM
Freddie Prinze Jr. has been out of the limelight in recent years—but why?
Blame Kiefer Sutherland. Speaking to ABC News during Comic-Con, Prinze said he was so miserable shooting 24 in 2010 that he considered quitting show business altogether. "I did 24. It was terrible. I hated every moment of it," he told ABC News. "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."
The actor added, "I just wanted to quit the business after that. So, I just sort of stopped."
After 24, he dealt with another famously hot-headed TV star. "I went and worked for Vince McMahon at the WWE for Christ's sake and it was a crazier job than working with Kiefer. But at least he was cool and tall," Prinze said. "I didn't have to take my shoes off to do scenes with him, which they made me do. 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-foot-4."
E! News has reached out to Sutherland's rep for comment.
In recent years, Prinze's wife Sarah Michelle Gellar tried to revive her TV career with The CW's Ringer and CBS' The Crazy Ones (both of which were canceled after one season). Prinze guest-starred on Fox's Bones and Lifetime's Witches of East End. He also does voiceover work for Disney XD's Star Wars Rebels.
By his own admission, Prinze is happier off-camera. "I try to stay as under the radar as you can when you're having success, because I get kind of uncomfortable with a lot of that stuff," he told Screen Crush.