Ethan Kanin returning as Secretary of State

Bob Gunton as Ethan Kanin in 24 Season 7
Bob Gunton as Ethan Kanin in 24 Season 7

With the news of Chris Diamantopoulos being cast as the Chief of Staff in Season 8, many 24 fans wondered what would happen to Bob Gunton’s character, Ethan Kanin.

Question: If Chris Diamantopoulos is playing Pres. Taylor’s new Chief of Staff on 24 next season, then where does that leave Bob Gunton (a.k.a. Ethan Kanin)? –Betty
Ausiello: Don’t worry about Ethan. He fares very well in the transition.

A week later, Ausiello clarified his statement a bit more with an asterisk puzzle for fans to solve.

Question: So does Ethan become the Vice President of 24 next season? Or maybe the new First Gentleman? –Chris
Ausiello: You’re wrong on both counts. According to an aide close to President Taylor, who asked not to be identified because he/she could get fired for talking to me, Ethan will be appointed the new ********* ** *****.

And finally, a week after on July 2, 2009 Ausiello confirmed the position as Secretary of State:

Question: With regard to your 24 asterisk quiz in last week’s Ask Ausiello, is it safe to say that Ethan will be promoted to Commander-in-Chief next season? –Neely
Ausiello: You’d be safer going with Secretary of State.