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Isaac Hayes Kept 'South Park' Creators Away from Scientology

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Jan 31, 2006 | 6:18am EST

South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone avoided poking fun at Scientology for years because they didn't want to upset show regular Isaac Hayes.

The outrageous animators recently took a swing at the controversial religious movement in an episode, which found humor in Tom Cruise and his sexuality--after growing tired of being told they couldn't attack Scientology by TV executives.

Parker explains, "To be honest, what kept us from doing it before was Isaac Hayes. We knew he was a Scientologist and he's an awesome guy. We're like, 'Let's just avoid that for now.'"

But, after hearing how comedy illusionist pal Penn Jillette was banned from poking fun at the controversial religion on his cable show Bulls**t, Stone and Parker decided it was time to point their comedy fingers at Scientology and it's most famous convert.

Parker adds, "Finally, we just had to tell  Isaac, 'Dude, we totally love working with you, and this is nothing personal, it's just we're South Park, and if we don't do this, we're belittling everything else we've ripped on.'"

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