Papa John's Former CEO Headed For Divorce After Latest Crazy Interview

Papa John’s founder John Schnatter and his wife are calling it quits

Papa John’s founder John Schnatter and his wife are calling it quits

Laundry Service had just been hired as Papa John's ad agency and, according to the complaint, the agency advocated for the company to use Kanye West in its new campaign.

Schnatter consistently defended himself over the comments in that meeting, insisting they were taken out of context and used as an excuse to get rid of him.

"Awesome idea!" said a user. Schnatter argues that he used the epithet while criticizing KFC founder Colonel Sanders for his use of the N-word to describe African Americans. Instead, Laundry Service asked Schnatter about his views on race during the call, he says. And, Schnatter says in the suit, all of this was taped without his knowledge.

The suit claimed that the ad firm secretly recorded him and that some details from the secret recording appeared in a Forbes story, which he said falsely reported he used the n-word.

Papa John's International, Inc operates and franchises pizza delivery and carryout restaurants under the Papa John's trademark in the United States and internationally.

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The complaint also highlights a commercial dispute between Laundry Service and Papa John's worldwide in which Casey Wasserman, the CEO of Laundry Service's parent company, told Papa John's then-CEO Steve Ritchie that he would "bury the founder" if Laundry Service was not paid $6 million. It was after that comment was made, Schnatter alleges, that excerpts of the media training call were allegedly leaked to Forbes. He sued media agency Laundry Service and its parent, Wasserman Media, which handled some Papa John's advertising.

"Defendants' intentional and/or reckless leak of information from the call" was created to "extract retribution from the company and Mr. Schnatter for Papa John's terminating Laundry Service as a media buyer", according to a copy of the suit provided in a statement.

Wasserman has declined to comment on the allegations.

Despite his loss of leadership at Papa John's, Schnatter is still quite wealthy, with an estimated net worth of $500 million. Papa John's was closely associated with the league. Schnatter asserts in the lawsuit that he did not take a side in the protests. Wasserman told Papa John's then-Chief Executive Officer Steve Ritchie he would "bury the founder" if Laundry Service was not paid $6 million it said it was owed, said Schnatter, who gave up the CEO title in 2017.

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