Papa John's is getting rid of Papa John. John Schnatter, the founder and public face of Papa John's pizza for more than 20 years, is being removed from all marketing materials at the company after he used a racial slur in a conference call earlier this year.
The call between Papa John's and the marketing agency Laundry Service took place in May, and involved a role-playing exercise aimed at preventing negative PR. Schnatter confirmed to Forbes on Wednesday that he used the n-word during the exercise, writing in a statement to the publication:
"News reports attributing the use of inappropriate and hurtful language to me during a media training session regarding race are true," he said. "Regardless of the context, I apologize. Simply stated, racism has no place in our society."