This is an inside scoop about what really happened to Isaac Hayes in light of South Park’s 20th season that aired on Comedy Central. The character known as Chef (played by Isaac Hayes) publicly quit the show back in 2006, issuing a lengthy statement at the time. Rumors indicated that someone from the Church of Scientology wrote the statement on Isaac’s behalf. Now, it’s been 10 years and according to Isaac’s son, “Isaac Hayes did not quit ‘South Park’, someone quit ‘South Park’ for him. What happened was that in January 2006 my dad had a stroke and lost the ability to speak. He really didn’t have that much comprehension, and he had to relearn to play the piano and a lot of different things. He was in no position to resign under his own knowledge. At the time, everybody around my father was involved in Scientology – his assistants, the core group of people. So someone quit ‘South Park’ on Isaac Hayes’ behalf. We don’t know who.”
This news was provided during an interview with THR in which his son opened up about exactly what happened to his father nearly a decade ago. This statement by his son was also confirmed by the show’s creators, Trey Parker and Matt Stone. They speak of fond memories of Isaac and about the series that made him laugh and gave him a steady paycheck.
Chef – character on ‘South Park’.
Isaac Hayes died in 2008 after suffering from multiple strokes. However, at the time he made no mention to Scientology or why he left the show. His son, on the other hand, had this to say:
“My father was not that big of a hypocrite to be part of a show that would constantly poke fun at African-American people, Jewish people, gay people – and only quit when it comes to Scientology. He wouldn’t be that hypocritical.”
Although it is clear that Isaac Hayes was a devoted Scientologist, he was also a lover of comedy. However, his role on the series will forever be marred by the one statement released a decade ago.