South Park is still watched by over 8 million people weekly, after 20 years and over 250 episodes, including last night’s 20th season premiere. For the 20th anniversary, Hollywood Reporter compiled a long, fascinating oral history with Trey Parker, Matt Stone, and several other people related to the show, including Isaac Hayes III, the son of the late Isaac Hayes, aka Chef.
The whole article is worth checking out, but the part with Hayes particularly surprised us. His father shouted a jovial “Hello there, children!” and dispensed questionable advice to kids as Chef for the first nine seasons of South Park. He quit the show via a statement after the Scientology episode, “Trapped In The Closet”, aired in 2005. Afterward, Jerome “Chef” McElroy fell in with the wrong crowd (the “Super Adventure Club”) and things didn’t go so well for him.