Papa John's Founder Says Ad Agency ‘Pressured’ Him Into Using the N-Word

Brand ends John Schnatter’s spokesperson status

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Today, Papa John’s announced additional steps to distance itself from founder John Schnatter after he confirmed last week that he had used the N-word and made other racially insensitive statements during a May conference call.

Specifically, the company brought on legal counsel and convened a special committee of the board of directors to “evaluate and take action with respect to all of the company’s relationships and arrangements with John H. Schnatter.” It then terminated both the contract that allowed Schnatter to use office space in the brand’s Louisville, Ky.,



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