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Papa John’s founder John Schnatter kicked out of his office

Posted at 9:42 AM, Jul 16, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-16 09:42:02-04

Papa John’s founder is physically out at the pizza chain.

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – MAY 24: Papa John’s founder and CEO John Schnatter attends the Indy 500 on May 23, 2015 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)

A special committee of the board of directors met on Sunday to discuss its founder John Schnatter. The board decided to kick him out of his office at Papa John’s headquarters in Louisville, Kentucky.

Papa John’s also announced that Schnatter will “cease all media appearances, and not make any further statements to the media regarding the company, its business or employees,” the company said in a statement. Papa John’s announced Friday it would remove Schnatter’s image from its marketing materials.

The committee said it will oversee an outside auditor’s investigation into Papa John’s culture, including the company’s existing processes, policies and systems related to diversity and inclusion.

Schnatter remains on the board and still owns 30% of the company’s shares.

Last week, Schnatter resigned as chairman after it was revealed he used N-word on a conference call with its ad agency, Laundry Service, in May. On Saturday, Schnatter told CNN affiliate WLKY-TV in Louisville that the ad agency extorted him.