…so he’s gettin’ outta the kitchen:
Isaac Hayes, whose lounge act career was revived when he began playing the smoothest of all cafeteria employees on South Park in 1997, is leaving the show on the grounds that it offends his religious beliefs.
See, Hayes is a devout Scientologist. “Religious beliefs are sacred to people, and at all times should be respected and honored,” he told the AP. “As a civil rights activist of the past 40 years, I cannot support a show that disrespects those beliefs and practices.”
But, as South Park co-creator (and occasional Jewfro sporter) Matt Stone points out, “He has no problem and he’s cashed plenty of checks with our show making fun of Christians…He wants a different standard for religions other than his own, and to me, that is where intolerance and bigotry begin.”
I vote the voice of Howard Stern as Chef’s replacement; nothing offends him except TV executives and after last night’s Letterman stunt, he might be needing the work.