Papa John’s is removing founder from ads after he used racial slur

Papa John's founder resigns as chairman after apologizing for racial slur

Papa John's founder resigns as chairman after apologizing for racial slur

While Schnatter has since resigned from his role with the pizza chain, the company is still dealing with the fallout of the controversy, and has now lost promotional deals with teams across baseball - the Washington Nationals, Miami Marlins, Tampa Bay Rays, Kansas City Royals, Seattle Mariners, and Baltimore Orioles have all either paused or cancelled relationships they had with the brand.

The decision was made by top executives but details of the change are still being worked out, according to a person inside the company with knowledge of the decision who wasn't authorized to speak publicly.

The company told the publication it is still working out the exact timing and details as to how it plans to remove Schnatter, who has always been the face of the chain, from advertisements.

Papa John's Cardinal Stadium will now be called simply Cardinal Stadium in the wake of a scandal involving the founder of the pizza chain whose company name has been attached to the stadium for years. The person was not aware of any plans to change the pizza chain's name. He appears on its pizza boxes, in some of its TV ads and in the store's interiors.

While on a call with a marketing agency, John defended his comments about the National Football League, saying KFC didn't face backlash when "Colonel Sanders called blacks n--s", Forbes reported.


The deal provides that if he leaves the company, Schnatter can rename the building. As of 1:05 p.m. Friday, Papa John's shares are $54.31, up more than 1 percent since the start of the day.

Papa John's confirmed Friday that it plans to remove founder John Schnatter's likeness from its marketing, an announcement that comes on the heels of his being exposed for using the "n"-word in a conference call, and then resigning as chairman of the board".

In a statement, John said this: "News reports attributing the use of inappropriate and hurtful language to me during a media training session regarding race are true".

The face of Papa John's is being sliced out of its ads.

Papa John's, based in Louisville, Kentucky, began operations in 1984 and had more than 5,200 locations globally.

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