Hayes, also a Scientologist, is the subject of The Return of Chef!, a hastily assembled 10th-season premiere airing tonight (Comedy Central, 10 ET/PT) and written in response to the actor’s exit.
Details of the episode were kept under wraps, but an official description says that when Hayes’ character, cafeteria “chef” Jerome McElroy, suddenly resurfaces, the South Park boys notice “something about (him) seems different. When Chef’s strange behavior starts getting him in trouble, the boys pull out all the stops to save him.”
Hayes’ spokeswoman Amy Harnell says he recorded no new material for the episode, and her understanding is that the episode combines new animation with Hayes’ older voice-overs.
The Tivo is locked and loaded. This is going to be fun!