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Scientology joke cut

Simpsons News — Posted 10 Apr, 2006 by Scott

Apparently Isaac Hayes isn't the only Scientologist that has done voiceover for comedy cartoon characters that can't take a joke and has no sense of humor when it comes to their controversial religion. Nancy Cartwright, the voice of Bart, seemingly suffers from the same malady as Hayes.

Perhaps inspired by the creators of South Park, who ridiculed Scientology so successfully, some of The Simpsons writers wanted to have a little fun too. The proposed line to be spoken by Bart went something like this, "Mormonism? That's the second freakiest religion in America!" One guess who must be the first "freakiest"?

Cartwright certainly got the joke, but she didn't like it, so the show dumped it according to insiders. So even a purported allusion to Scientology got the axe at the Fox show.

"That's ridiculous," her publicist said, "Scripts change all the time as shows are prepared, and what goes into a show and what doesn't go into a show is based on what's funny, and that is it."

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