Subway has suspended its relationship with former spokesman Jared Fogle and removed all references to him from the sandwich chain's website and social media accounts. The move came in the wake of an FBI search of Fogle's suburban Indianapolis home this morning, reportedly in connection to a child-pornography investigation.
"Subway and Jared Fogle have mutually agreed to suspend their relationship due to the current investigation," a Subway spokesman said in a statement issued around 5:30 p.m. today. "Jared continues to cooperate with authorities and he expects no actions to be forthcoming. Both Jared and Subway agree that this was the appropriate step to take."
The brand also tweeted an announcement about the suspension:
Subway & Jared Fogle have agreed to suspend their relationship due to the current investigation. Jared is cooperating with authorities.
— SUBWAY® (@SUBWAY) July 7, 2015
Fogle has been a Subway spokesman for 15 years, since he lost 325 pounds on a Subway-and-exercise diet while in college.
He created the Jared Foundation, to help fight childhood obesity. In May, Russell Taylor, former executive director of the foundation, was arrested on child pornography charges and currently faces seven counts of production of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography.
While Subway's initial statement earlier today said it believed the search of Fogle's home to be connected to the case against Taylor, CBS News reported this afternoon that authorities have confirmed to the network that Fogle is a suspect.