The former CEO of Papa John’s is assuring the public he’s been working on not using racist language, an effort that has apparently been ongoing for nearly two years.
John Schnatter, the Papa John’s founder who in 2018 stepped down as chairman after admitting he used the N-word during a conference call, told One America News Network the pizza chain’s board has painted him “as a racist” when “they know he’s not a racist,” per Mediaite. From there, Schnatter described his “goals,” evidently including no longer saying racial slurs.
“We’ve had three goals for the last 20 months,” Schnatter said. “To get rid of this N-word in my vocabulary and dictionary and everything else, because it’s just not true, figure out how they did this, and get on with my life.”
The former pizza boss also told OANN he “used to lay in bed” after his ouster wondering “how did they do this,” and he called on Papa John’s to come out and declare that it “didn’t follow proper due diligence” and that he actually “has no history of racism.”
Schnatter stepped down as Papa John’s chair after Forbes reported that he “used the N-word on a conference call” that had been “designed as a role-playing exercise for Schnatter in an effort to prevent future public-relations snafus.” He apologized at the time, saying “racism has no place in our society.” Shortly after, though, Schnatter said he resigned because the board asked him to “without apparently doing any investigation” and that he now regrets doing so.
Later, Schnatter would vow that a “day of reckoning” would come in a bizarre 2019 interview, in which he also famously declared he’s eaten “over 40 pizzas in the last 30 days.”
Update: In a statement on Monday, Schnatter said he has been seeking to eliminate “false perceptions in the media” and that “on OANN, I tried to say, ‘Get rid of this n-word in (the) vocabulary and dictionary (of the news media), and everything else because it’s just not true,’ – reflecting my commitment to correct the false and malicious reporting by the news media about the conference call.”