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Posted at 2:56 PM ET, 12/ 8/2006

Matthew Fox, Still 'Lost'

By Liz Kelly

Matthew Fox as 'Lost's' Jack. (Photo courtesy ABC)

After Matthew Fox made the trip to New York to host last weekend's "Saturday Night Live," speculation among Those Who Watch "Lost" (TWWL) has been rampant that the actor's character must've been cut from the ABC drama, currently on hiatus until February, but busy filming in Hawaii. Turns out Jack is safe -- for now -- as Fox told movies editor and fellow "Lost" watcher Jen Chaney in an audio interview that will be posted on early next week:

"That's not true," Fox said when asked whether he plans to leave "Lost" to focus on a movie career full time. "I completely understand that these opportunities I'm doing outside of 'Lost' are because of 'Lost.' And I have absolutely no intention of doing that [leaving the show] whatsoever."

The star of the upcoming "We Are Marshall" -- who bundled up during our interview in a peacoat and burnt sienna fedora -- also explained his current hiatus.

"The show has been shooting for two weeks and I haven't been there. And the show will continue to shoot for another two weeks and I'm not there," he said. "I'm not going to tell you the reason why suddenly, for a couple of episodes, Jack Shephard is not around. But there is a reason within the story, absolutely."

Will Henry Gale actually get him off the island for a while? Will he get kidnapped by the black smoke that killed Eko? Fox would not say. But he did say he returns to Hawaii in 10 days and will be filming more episodes soon after.

A full audio interview with Fox will appear on the Web site in the coming days, so stay tuned. -- Jen Chaney

By Liz Kelly  | December 8, 2006; 2:56 PM ET
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Matthew Fox's intentions regarding 'Lost' may or may not match those shared by the writers. We'll have to wait for February to see.

Posted by: Zizzy | December 11, 2006 10:09 AM | Report abuse

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