Gary Busey, Pope Benedict XVI, Shaq, Jennifer Lopez and other celebrities that disappeared in The Leftovers

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In the new HBO series The Leftovers 2% of the world’s population vanished into thin air. It seems to fit the Christian idea of The Rapture, when those who are “saved” are spirited away to heaven while the rest of the people await judgement, but the array of people is seemingly too random.

The first episode reveals some of celebrities that were part of “The Sudden Departure,” including Pope Benedict XVI and Gary Busey. Maybe that’s a sign it really was the rapture and only the most holy people got taken up. Jennifer Lopez also made the cut. Full list below

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Condaleeza Rice

Salmon Rushdie

Shaquille O’Neal

Jennifer Lopez

Anthony Bourdain

Gary Busey

Bonnie Raitt

Pope Benedict XVI

That doesn’t seem like 2% of the world’s celebrities. Who else do you think got taken? Lil Wayne? Honey Boo Boo? Angelina Jolie?

UPDATE – Gossip Cop spoke with Leftovers‘ co-creator Damon Lindelof at the show’s red carpet premiere event and they asked him about the list of celebrities. “A lot of them were from Tom’s book,” Lindelof said, referring to Tom Perrotta’s novel Leftovers that inspired the series. “The only celebrity I threw into the mix was Gary Busey,” he adds.

So why Gary Busey? Or as the character in the bar says during the premiere episode, “The Pope, I get the Pope, but Gary f*cking Busey?!” Lindelof’s response was simply, ”The Lord works in strange ways.”

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