In January 2018, John Schnatter stepped down as CEO from the company he founded, Papa John’s Pizza, after he blamed NFL players kneeling during the National Anthem for his over-greased chain’s declining sales. He held on to the title of chairman of the board, though, until he resigned seven months later following backlash over his use of the N-word during a conference call. But the bad pizza man believes there’s more to the story.
In an interview with WDRB News, Schnatter claimed he was the victim of a plot to oust him from Papa John’s. This conspiracy goes all the way to the top…pings. “I never dreamed that people that I cared about, that I loved, that I made multimillionaires, would do what they did,” he said, adding, “Steve Ritchie [the former CEO, who resigned in August], Olivia Kirtley, the board of directors all used the black community and race as a way to steal the company. They stole the company, and now they’ve destroyed the company.” Without a hint of shame, Schnatter also confessed that he’s “had over 40 pizzas in the last 30 days, and it’s not the same pizza, it’s not the same product.”
Schnatter said the May 2018 conference call that started it all was made up. “They fabricated it,” he said. “Shame on them.” Schnatter admitted he used the “N-word” during an internal conference call on diversity training. But he said he did it to convey his hatred of racism and was quoting another famous founder [Colonel Sanders]. “This is all a farce,” he said. “Nothing sells like the truth, and the truth, sooner or later, all comes out.” (Via)
It’s the “40 pizzas in the last 30 days” comment, along with Schnatter’s sweaty appearance during his interview and that he declared a “day of reckoning” is coming (when? TBD), that has people on social media talking.
The Papa John interview is lovely pic.twitter.com/bpDMDm9t9G
— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) November 26, 2019
Papa John looks like the guy in a zombie movie that gets bit and tries to hide it from the rest of the group pic.twitter.com/K3y0qkOIQZ
— Scott (@_buhhh) November 26, 2019
Papa John casually animorphing into a garlic knot
— Craig Bro Dude (@CraigSJ) November 26, 2019
Papa John looks like Simon Cowell’s Tony Clifton. pic.twitter.com/IvpSaFR2VF
— Pat Healy (@Pat_Healy) November 26, 2019
Someone tell Papa John he doesn’t have to try and push those 40 pizzas out through his sweat glands he can just take a poop
— Dan Telfer (@dantelfer) November 26, 2019
Why does Papa John sound like his voice is being changed to conceal his identity?
— Jeremy Danner (@Jeremy_Danner) November 26, 2019
40 pizzas in 30 days sounds like the name of a beloved children's book. And what's more, one of the most beloved characters would be Papa John. So I thank the lord for these gifts.
— david cross (@davidcrosss) November 26, 2019
Not to be lost in the wake of the Papa John interview: he is wearing a shirt that says Jeff Baseball pic.twitter.com/S0FX1yT94X
— Dan Clyne (@danCLYNE) November 26, 2019
Interviewer: Papa John, why don't you just set the record straight right now?
Papa John: pic.twitter.com/VTpOixKCzO
— Bob Al-Greene 👓 (@BobAlGreene) November 26, 2019
my soul will never be at ease until Ray Liotta plays Papa John https://t.co/9JpfkLtENC
— Sarah Hagi (@geekylonglegs) November 26, 2019