Tom Cruise Not Attending Jett Travolta’s Funeral

Following the death of John Travolta and Kelly Preston’s 16-year-old son Jett in the Bahamas on January 2, the teenager’s body has been cremated and was laid to rest in Ocala, Florida, today.

However, one notable fellow Scientologist was not on hand to pay his respects.

TMZ reports that Tom Cruise, 46, was stuck in New York taping an episode of The View, and was not available to attend the services.

The site points out that the episode will air on Friday. But while the ABC talk show is usually broadcast live, the ep will air tomorrow after being bumped by President-elect Barack Obama’s economic stimulus speech.

Catch a preview of Tom from The View below, wherein he talks candidly about the passing of Jett.

Jett’s death was officially ruled as being caused by a seizure.

John Travolta, 54, and Kelly Preston, 46, also have an 8-year-old daughter, Ella Bleu.

On Monday the couple issued an official statement of thanks to their supportive fans, via Preston’s website.

“We are heartbroken that our time with him was so brief,” they wrote. “We will cherish the time we had with him for the rest of our lives.”