Papa John’s Founder Out as Chairman of Board After Admitting to Using “N-Word”

John Schnatter (R), founder and chief executive of Papa John’s Pizza, arrives at the 2011 American Music Awards in Los Angeles November 20, 2011. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok (UNITED STATES –


Published July 12, 2018

NEW YORK — John Schnatter, founder of Papa John’s Pizza, is out as chairman of the board of a company he started after admitting he used the N-word during a conference call in May.

The company issued the following statement: “Papa John’s International, Inc. today announced that the independent directors of the company have accepted the resignation of John H. Schnatter as chairman of the board. Olivia Kirtley acts as the company’s lead independent director. Papa John’s will appoint a new chairman of the board in the coming weeks.”

CNBC reported:

The conference call in May came to light after Forbes magazine detailed the incident in an article Wednesday. The report, which was later confirmed by Schnatter, said he was on a call with marketing agency Laundry Service when he tried to downplay comments he made about the National Football League last fall by saying, “Colonel Sanders called blacks n—–s” and never faced any public backlash at KFC.

Following Forbes’ report that Schnatter used a racial slur against Black people on a crisis communications phone call, Papa John’s shares f


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