It's all downhill from here for Johnny.
Papa Johns' founder and former CEO, John Schnatter, is facing multiple consequences for his use of racist language during a conference call in May. When the news surfaced, he issued a public apology. Now, CNN reports his being kicked out of his office located in the company's headquarters of Louisville, Kentucky. A special committee of the board of directors gathered on Sunday to engage in dialogue concerning the issues brought to the company by its founder. Ultimately, the conclusion was bad news for Schnatter who had already resigned from his role of chairman last week.
This is a clear display of the company's attempts to distance themselves from the PR nightmare that is John Schnatter. Papa John's made an announcement to this effect, stating that the bigotted man is required to "cease all media appearances, and not make any further statements to the media regarding the company, its business or employees."
Schnatter says his use of the n-word being exposed to the public was a direct result of extortion. He claims the agency that conducted the infamous conference call publicized his use of inappropriate language after he resisted some of their demands. The disgraced founder still owns 30% of the Papa John's shares.