Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Isaac Hayes Leaves 'South Park' Over Scientology Episode

(Hollywood Reporter) Soul singer Isaac Hayes has parted ways with the Comedy Central series "South Park," citing the series' "inappropriate ridicule of religious communities."

Hayes, who has voiced the character Chef since the series began in 1997, released a statement through his spokesman Monday requesting a release from his contract because he "is disappointed with what he perceives as a growing insensitivity toward personal spiritual beliefs."

In a rejoinder issued later in the day by Comedy Central, "Park" co-creator Matt Stone described Hayes as a disgruntled Scientologist unhappy with a recent episode lampooning the organization's religious beliefs.

"In 10 years and over 150 episodes of 'South Park,' Isaac never had a problem with the show making fun of Christians, Muslims, Mormons and Jews," Stone said in a statement in which he agreed to release Hayes from his contract. "He got a sudden case of religious sensitivity when it was his religion featured on the show."

During the ninth season of "Park," an episode titled "Trapped in the Closet" poked fun at Scientology, including depictions of celebrities with known ties to the organization, including Tom Cruise and John Travolta.

3 comments:

Michelle said...

I really thought Hayes was cooler than that.

Bummer.

Howard Davis said...

I did, too. But once that L. Ron Hubbard grabs a hold of your brain, everything else goes out the window!

La Zapatotista said...

Las divas di Shangrilaw are so upset by the Chef's untimely exit, we've penned a ditty for him. Hail to the Chef!

http://shangrilaw.blogspot.com/2006/03/hail-to-chef.html