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

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

Papa John's founder John Schnatter is no longer board chairman after using a racial slur, but his image is still part of the pizza chain's logo and he remains the company's largest shareholder.

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The AP first reported Papa John's plans.

The fallout from Papa John's founder John Schnatter's controversial comment during a conference call continued Friday as University of Louisville president Neeli Bendapudi announced that the school will change the name of its football stadium to Cardinal Stadium from Papa John's Cardinal Stadium. He resigned late Wednesday night. Papa John's has acknowledged in regulatory filings that Schnatter's public role as its pitchman could be a liability if his reputation was damaged.

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.

Schnatter originally stepped down as Papa John's CEO in December 2017, after claiming that the NFL's handing of player protests contributed to the company's third-quarter earnings slump.

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In a statement on Wednesday, the company said it condemned "racism and any insensitive language".

Schnatter - always been the face of Papa John's brand - is still the company's largest shareholder and remains on its board, but top executives plan on removing his image from marketing materials following the latest controversy.

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When the news of the call broke this week, shares in the pizza chain plummeted by 5.9 per cent, wiping $96.2million off its market value, and Schnatter announced he would resign as chairman.

Mr Schnatter quit as chief executive a year ago after criticising the NFL over players' national anthem protests. His image and voiceover do appear at the end of two of the top five TV commercials that have aired nationally so far this year according to iSpot. Their statement condemned Schnatter, but noted that the Astros "are proud of our 10-year partnership with Houston Pizza Venture, a local Houston business and owner of the local franchisees".

Papa John's International Inc. began operations in 1984 and had more than 5,200 locations globally.

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