Papa John's pizza founder, John Schnatter, is apologizing for his use of a racial slur. The committee agreed to terminate Schnatter's sublease in the Papa John's office, which he used while serving as the company's chairman.
Additionally, the company has asked Schnatter to "cease all media appearances" and "not make any further statements to the media regarding the company, its business or employees".
In a statement released to the press on Sunday, the company announced that it had launched a special committee to deal with the fallout.
The pizza chain founder claimed that Papa John's marketing agency tried to "extort" him over the remarks.
The face of Papa John's is being sliced out of its ads and booted from his office.
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Schnatter has since stepped down from his role on the University of Louisville Board of Trustees, had his name removed from the school's College of Business: Center of Free Enterprise and the Nachand Fieldhouse in Jeffersonville, Indiana.
As a result, the National Football League forced Papa John's to remove the shield logo from all commercials and advertisements, and earlier this year the sides ended their sponsorship agreement. "Racism and any insensitive language, no matter what the context simply can not - and will not - be tolerated at any level of our company".
Instead of just disappearing and enjoying all the money he made off of slinging mediocre pizza, John Schnatter, also known as Papa John, is still talking for some reason. The eviction goes into effect in 90 days.
Ritchie said he would lead the chain in trying to rebuild trust with the public "from the inside out". As the leader of Papa John's, I'm sorry. They include hiring an independent expert to audit the company on a diversity basis, and deploying senior management to hold listening session with rank-and-file employees. And I don't want to do business with Roger Goodell, and we've had enough success where we get to pick who we do business with.