No. 5 Isaac Hayes (Actor): South Park
Accusing the cartoon show South Park of crossing the line of intolerance and bigotry against the Church of Scientology, Isaac Hayes departed his 9-year role as the voice of the character “Chef.” The satirical show has ritualized religious ridicule, but the specific episode that led to Hayes’s decision was the first to deride his personal spiritual beliefs aligned with the teachings of L. Ron Hubbard (and subscribed to by several forgettable celebrities). South Park creator Matt Stone handled the situation by killing off Hayes’ character in the Season 10 premiere episode. His departure punctuates a banner year for religious tension, both on political and international fronts. As a result, we may see similar grounds for resignation in the future.