'Trapped in the Closet'

<b>Airdate:</b> Nov. 16, 2005<br>
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<b>The shock:</b> It's heavily implied that actor <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB001209" title="Tom Cruise" href="/topic/entertainment/movies/tom-cruise-PECLB001209.topic">Tom Cruise</a> is a closeted gay man by having him hide in a closet while the characters constantly call for him to "Come out of the closet."<br>
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<b>The reaction:</b> Cruise was reportedly unhappy with the episode and when a rebroadcast of the episode was pulled from the <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="ORCRP000011741" title="Comedy Central (tv network)" href="/topic/economy-business-finance/media-industry/television-industry/comedy-central-%28tv-network%29-ORCRP000011741.topic">Comedy Central</a> schedule, Parker and Stone suspected pressure from the actor or Scientology to be involved. However, Cruise has since denied any knowledge of the incident. Actor <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB002290" title="Isaac Hayes" href="/topic/entertainment/music/isaac-hayes-PECLB002290.topic">Isaac Hayes</a> was offended by the treatment of Scientology in the episode and quit the show in protest.
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( Comedy Central )

Airdate: Nov. 16, 2005

The shock: It's heavily implied that actor Tom Cruise is a closeted gay man by having him hide in a closet while the characters constantly call for him to "Come out of the closet."

The reaction: Cruise was reportedly unhappy with the episode and when a rebroadcast of the episode was pulled from the Comedy Central schedule, Parker and Stone suspected pressure from the actor or Scientology to be involved. However, Cruise has since denied any knowledge of the incident. Actor Isaac Hayes was offended by the treatment of Scientology in the episode and quit the show in protest.

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