Chef only had high blood pressure and a healthy fear of thetans

Isaac Hayes’ camp has responded to the allegations that the Scientologists faxed in Hayes’ resignation from South Park when he was laid up from a stroke. They say that Hayes only had high blood pressure, and that he was the one who decided to quit. It may be true that Hayes’ medical condition was not that serious, but we doubt Hayes was the one to quit. He is said to have loved his job. E! News also notes that this seems uncharacteristic of Hayes, who said that everyone is fair game on South Park and that he didn’t think people should be offended by it:

Certainly in interviews just prior to his hospitalization, Hayes expressed admiration for South Park’s style. “Nobody is exempt from their humor,” he said in the New York Daily News on Jan. 12. “Don’t be offended by it. If you take it too seriously, you have problems.”

No matter what happened, Hayes is never going to talk. Scientologists gather personal secrets about converts in the early stages of indoctrination in a process called “auditing.” Eliciting confessions is a common practice of cults and gives them leverage if a member criticizes their practices or tries to leave the fold.

John Travolta and Tom Cruise are said to have gay experiences in their past that would be released by the Scientologists if they ever attempted to leave. Indeed, Scientology is known for releasing personal information and often hires private detectives to dig up information on critics.

Hayes did not admit to seeing the popular South Park episode that depicts the death of his character, Chef. He is said to have “left it behind him” and is now looking forward to the upcoming birth of a baby with his fourth wife.

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