South Park

Season 9 Episode 12

Trapped in the Closet

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

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    • The same week that Isaac Hayes quit the show over the "religious bigotry" of the episode, the episode was due to air again as part of the normal rotation. The episode was pulled and replaced with the Chef-centered episode "Chef's Salty Chocolate Balls."

      Tom Cruise reportedly threatened Paramount, which is owned by Viacom, which owns Comedy Central, that if the episode aired again that he wouldn't do publicity work for the upcoming "Mission: Impossible III." Cruise's representatives denied the allegation, stating that "he didn't threaten to pull publicity of 'Mission: Impossible III'." They didn't say whether he threatened to do something else, however.

      Parker and Stone, who were reportedly told to keep quiet on the reason the episode was pulled, placed a full-page ad in Variety with the following statement:

      "So, Scientology, you may have won THIS battle, but the million-year war for earth has just begun! Temporarily anozinizing our episode will NOT stop us from keeping Thetans forever trapped in your pitiful man-bodies. Curses and drat! You have obstructed us for now, but your feeble bid to save humanity will fail! Hail Xenu!!! -- Trey Parker and Matt Stone, servants for the overlord Xenu"

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