Papa John's founder and former CEO John Schnatter is making waves for a recent interview where he defended the reported comments that caused him to resign from the company in 2018 and said that he's had "40 pizzas in 30 days."
Schnatter told WDRB that he feels "insiders" within Papa John's used the backlash from the incident on a conference call as a way to "steal" the company from him. Delish did not immediately hear back from Papa John's after a request for comment on Schnatter's statements in the interview.
"They stole the company, and now they've destroyed the company," he said.
In 2018, after a string of controversial comments, Schnatter was accused of using the n-word on a conference call and resigned as chairman shortly after. In this most-recent interview, Schnatter admitted to using the word, but said that he did so to show his "hatred of racism."
The former CEO also used the interview to blast the new direction of the chain's product, saying that he's eaten dozens of pizzas in the last month and has not found it to be up to his standards.
"I've had over 40 pizzas in the last 30 days, and it's not the same pizza," Schnatter said in the interview. "It's not the same product. It just doesn't taste as good. The way they're making the pizza is just not fundamental to what makes a Papa John's pizza."
The "40 pizzas in the last 30 days" part of the comment has sparked a massive response online, quickly going viral.
Papa John's statement that he's had "40 pizzas in the last 30 days" implies either he ate a pizza one meal a day for the last month, and on 10 days doubled up, or realistically since you typically don't eat a full pizza per meal, has eaten EXCLUSIVELY pizza for the last 30 days.— Lyle Rath (@LyleRath) 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
Another part of the interview that struck a chord with many is his promise that "the day of reckoning will come."
"This is all a farce," he said. "Nothing sells like the truth, and the truth, sooner or later, all comes out."
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