The controversial TRAPPED IN THE CLOSET episode of South Park, which poked fun at Tom Cruise, is the cheeky instalment which earned creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone an Emmy Awards nomination yesterday (06JUL06). The parody, which questioned Cruise's sexuality and mocked his Scientology beliefs, was caught up in controversy when it first aired last November (06), and led to South Park regular Isaac Hayes, a fellow Scientologist, quitting the show. But rather than steer clear of the controversy, brave Emmy voters have embraced it, declaring it worthy of a nod for Outstanding Animated Programme, according to news website The controversial episode hasn't been repeated since the initial furore and a planned re-airing in March (06) was scrapped. South Park will compete with The Simpsons, CAMP LAZIO, Family Guy and FOSTER'S HOME FOR IMAGINARY FRIENDS when the Emmys are announced next month (AUG06).