Isaac Hayes did not quit Comedy Central's South Park because he was angered by the show's treatment of Scientology, according to's Roger Friedman. "Someone quit for him," Friedman wrote Monday. "I can tell you that Hayes is in no position to have quit anything," he added. "Contrary to news reports, the great writer, singer and musician suffered a stroke on Jan. 17. ... It's also absolutely ridiculous to think that Hayes, who loved playing Chef on South Park, would suddenly turn against the show because they were poking fun at Scientology." Moreover, according to Friedman, South Park co-creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone plan to kick off the series 10th season on Wednesday with an episode entitled The Return of Chef. Fox, meanwhile, is denying that the brouhaha was a publicity stunt.