South Park

Season 9 Episode 12

Trapped in the Closet

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Nov 16, 2005 on Comedy Central



  • Notes

    • Isaac Hayes, who is a Scientologist and didn't appear in the episode, quit the show (just before the next season was going to go into production) after the ensuing publicity over the episode, citing that he couldn't take the religious "bigotry" and "insensitivity" of the show. Show creator Matt Stone, on the show's website (posted 13 Mar), said that Hayes didn't complain when the show made fun of other religions such as Christians, Mormons, and Jews.

      This was just a rumor. Isaac Hayes had a stroke at around this time when this episode came out. So that is the real reason for his absence. Also the church of Scientology is believed to have started the rumor but Hayes never said that was the reason himself. It put a strain on his relations with the church.

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