‘Chef’ Isaac Hayes Leaves South Park

Chocolate salty balls may soon be off the menu at South Park’s elementary school.

Isaac Hayes, who lends his soulful voice to the Comedy Central series character, Chef, is seeking a release from his contract. The 63-year-old singer said creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone — who have broached controversial topics including Catholicism, President Bush’s politics, and Paris Hilton’s escapades, on the show — crossed the line in a recent episode, according to the Associated Press.

Hayes released a statement yesterday: “There is a place in this world for satire, but there is a time when satire ends and intolerance and bigotry towards religious beliefs of others begins. Religious beliefs are sacred to people, and at all times should be respected and honored. As a civil rights activist of the past 40 years, I cannot support a show that disrespects those beliefs and practices.”

In the past nine years, however, Hayes has supported blaming Canada, suggesting “Christmas poo” be the icon for the holiday, and having lone Jewish kid Kyle croon a lament about being alone on Christmas.

While the episode that he takes issue with is not explicitly noted, Hayes, a Scientologist, is likely referring to the show’s recent episode, which pokes fun at the religion.

Stone told the AP that he and Parker “never heard a peep out of Isaac in any way until we did Scientology. He wants a different standard for religions other than his own, and to me, that is where intolerance and bigotry begin.”

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