By Sandra Rose  | 

John Schnatter

NFL fans have seen the last of Papa John's Pizza founder John Schnatter, who announced he is stepping down as the company CEO.

Schnatter sparked controversy in November when he pulled Papa John's NFL commercials amid the ongoing NFL player protests.

In a statement announcing his decision last month, Schnatter said the protests were hurting his brand.

"Leadership starts at the top, and this is an example of poor leadership," he said, referring to the league's refusal to stop the players from protesting.

On Thursday, the company said its current president, Steve Ritchie, would replace Schnatter.

Schnatter owns 25% of Papa John's and plans to step down as CEO in January 2018.

Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images

  • Chantal2017

    He was the only one hurting sales.

  • NYTimes#1Bestseller

    Good riddance axxhole!!

  • Alicia.Ashe

    He’s always been a racists clown. And he looks weird.


    dam. u can just loose everything over an opinion? this isn't good if ur an entrepreneur or at a high level position.. this p.c shit is crazy

  • Truth

    Bye and take your nasty pizza with you !

  • imright

    GOOD !!! nasty ass pizza, soggy ass wings ???

  • Athena Panagakos

    I logged in just to say that every time I've eaten papa johns I've woken up to labor pain type cramps and chronic diarrhea. Just trying to help. Don't eat it.???

  • freelancepimp .

    Never really liked this dude or his pizza. He comes across as that rare mix of a hard worker but still entitled.

  • Marlika

    Take that nasty ass pizza with you as well!!??????

  • Fated4greatness

    Good Riddance. Take your nasty a$$ pizza with you!!

  • Unhappy American

    ?? Sounds like HE HURT his brand ?but ok

  • Tlowe89

    He still own part of the company

  • Tlowe89

    I remember when they used to be good. Idk wtf happened

  • Quitedeliteful

    No big deal. He still getting paid...

  • Anunnaki

    So u step down just to go and travel, check your bank statement every night, saying im still getting black folks...and this hurts who agsin???

  • We Can Do This

    He'll be soon changing the name.

    Asians can make a better pizza than this garbage.

    Pizza making is a fast hustle. Cheese is the most costly of the ingredients. I know for sure black people could take over this market if we wanted to.

  • ShWa

    Pulled face back azz, bye with your nasty azz pizza.....

  • Ryan

    He did it to himself. Free speech is a double-edged sword. Plus it didn't help that the pizza is below average compared to many, many other competitors.

  • hottlanta

    Please, he exhibited poor leadership years ago when he purposely didn't give his employee's insurance because President Obama name was on it. He should have kept twirling his dough and stayed outta politics.

  • Chile_Pleeze
  • ?Royalty?


  • Roderick2011

    For a racist white person he sure likes to tan.

  • Tequila Mockingbird

    I'm sorry, how is this about race?? I think I missed that somewhere.

  • Ryan

    Oh for real? LOL. Yeah you missed it. And probably not the last time either.

  • Tequila Mockingbird

    So explain it wise guy or are you just another race card thrower with no evidence to back up your claims? Cuz by all appearances it seems as tho this situation is bad for business so he wants out.

  • NeverSurprised

    Stepping down as CEO, but still Chairman of the Board and majority stockholder. At close of the market today, his stock holdings in the company were valued at $560 million

  • 2gr8ful

    I am usually not a boycotter, but I have refused to spend my money on his brand. He needed to step down.

  • Just this one time

    I was just about to say this, no loss to his bank account just less work he have to do.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    Good move. Now maybe I'll buy Papa John's pizza again. Maybe not.

  • dontgetblocked

    While black people are calling him racist, white people are buying Papa John's stock. Do your research. It's been hot for several years now.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    What has he lost? Nothing.
    He's still the company's chairman of the board, and still owns all his stock.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    #1/ Who cares what white people are buying?
    #2/ Do your research. The stock price has been down more than 30% so far this year.

  • What?

    The problem with that pizza was the owner cared more about making commercials than quality.

  • Roderick2011

    He's a racist.

  • Ms.Devereaux

    White ppl losing money on that stock too ???

  • Ms.Devereaux

    HE stepping down but he still will get paid !! Not spending no money with them ever

  • We Can Do This

    Let them. Black dollars never hurt to have.

  • We Can Do This

    Color makes everything better.

  • Tequila Mockingbird

    I heard you the first time but based on what?

  • You Could Never

    Bye John. You wont be missed

  • You Could Never

    Girl do yours. White folks calling his ass a racist too. FOH

  • nyla00


  • Rayne

    Imma send you some Chicago style pizza. Don’t buy it.

  • Rayne

    Gross ass pizza ? whoever eats that shat ain’t got no tastebuds for real pizza. Yuck

  • country57

    Not giving Papa john's a dime, because in someway he will still be there.

  • Jussjess25

    Doesn't matter ill never buy that trash ass pizza again in life ??

  • Jussjess25

    Please dont !

  • ReadingIsFundamental4Real

    Don't let the door hit you where the good Lord split ya.
    You won't miss that corporate check since you still getting that shareholder check and Trumps tax cuts.

  • alex

    This situation is well documented all over the internet, just type his name in your favorite web search bar. Methinks you are just here to troll.

  • alex

    Yea...there are so many other brands out there, no need to return! Even frozen pizza tastes better!

  • shay2shaymd

    Good for his Monkey Ass

  • tia

    He actually over stayed his welcome. Good riddance....should have been gone.

  • Monday

    Are folks really happy that Diddy wants to buy a league (or a team depends ofwhat he really says he wants to do)...

    One woman online said that will stop the NFL protest to what police does to blacks around america, but won't solve the problem. Thought?

  • Faithz


  • Faithz

    Bye, Bye B*%#*...Get lost Papa....

  • BeUtFullSoul

    He may STEP DOWN, BUT he will still be Collecting HIS COINS! #subliminalstrategicmove

  • BeUtFullSoul

    WOW! Did NOT know that!!!!

  • BeUtFullSoul

    DITTO...I thought it was JUST ME!

  • BeUtFullSoul

    Yep!, ..your MOUTH can write a check your azz can't cash!....SOMETIMES it's best to keep your OPINIONS to yourSELF (in his case)...But nonetheless, TRUE colors Always prevail.

  • Roderick2011

    I doubt that the other owners will allow any black person or group of blacks to become majority owners of an NFL team because of the possibility of Kaepernick being on an NFL roster.

  • Yardgirl

    DITTO!! Gross AF!!

  • ThottyPippen

    Take that sauce with you!!!

  • Yardgirl

    They opened one in my area (the first ever) and it was a colossal failure!! Take your nasty shyte and kick rocks!!

  • Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!
  • Vonn

    He's not stepping down from those profits though.


    That is what I was saying. So him stepping down means not a darn thing. :(




    Based o what he said about the NFL players. Go check it out.

  • Vonn

    Lol. This is right on time.

  • Vonn

    They're the main ones in the sun or a tanning bed.

  • Goodii2Shoes

    After watching Colin's protest from a distant view and then seeing the public responses..... I would say the ppl going hard against him represent great examples of the problem&injustices he knelt in protest of. They appear to be in support of police brutality & racial injustice. ...

    Did they expose themselves when trying to silence him?

  • JV
  • bemetoo

    Good riddance...he thought he was doing something when he pulled his bad decisions John lol

  • You Could Never

    This is much bigger than Kap at this point. While he was pivitoal he is no longer the big focal issue. And hasnt been for months now.

  • KlankyKlank

    A special message for @SandraRose from @tsmadison, starts at 1:42:47.

  • Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    "“Leadership starts at the top, and this is an example of poor leadership,”

    I would have sworn he was talking about himself, smh ...stepped out there tryna tell someone else how to run their business instead of stepping up his own game. typical... 'they' want all the credit when things are going well, but hate to be accountable for their part in a lackluster performance. then they start deflecting and scapegoating. sir, it seems the people have spoken, and your product is crap (and you, apparently, are an azzhole) - these are the areas you need to work on improving before you start advising the NFL .

  • Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!
  • Scromes1212

    Good decision. It was only going to get worse.

  • Look@m3

    WHy did I think the same thing...funny! I was like he sees the error in his ways then I read further and realized he wasn't...what a shame!

  • Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    LOL! right. like he actually had a moment of self realization... NOT! Lol!


    chile when we gon go here. cus i think she was telling the truth

  • Look@m3

    Just watched Detroit and sitting here in tears, angry, disgusted, mad and just plain lost for words and I'm wondering is history still considered history when we still living through it....sigh!

  • You Could Never

    Right behind you

  • Tequila Mockingbird

    Spoken exactly like someone who doesn't know what they're taking about. It's so much easier just to tel me to look it up. I'm aware this heavily documented and I have done my research thats why I'm asking how is this about race? There were even tweets from former customers acknowledging they won't buy his pizza anymore because of his affiliation with the nfl which is like I said, bad for business. So one more time, how is this about race?

  • Evillene

    He's got some f-cking nerve. I've been boycotting them since forever just because they make sh!tty pizza.

  • Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    girl, they tried to broach this subject yesterday, and i'm pretty sure Sandra saw it then.
    (not gonna front, i get my life off Maddie and Khia 'cause they are funny as hail, but iont think Sandra wants to give them "full and free promotion" on HER platform)

  • cherrypie

    Don't believe the hype ya'll. He's still on the Board of Directors. This is all a publicity stunt to get people to buy their nasty azz cardboard pizza again.

  • MoniquetheGeek

    He's stepped down as CEO but is still on the board

  • Readytochokemothernatureout

    I bought 2 pizzas in NC in 2013 when I didn't want to cook and ain't had another since.

  • Tequila Mockingbird

    Ok, what did he say? Cuz like i said i saw that he said business is bad because of his affiliation with the nfl due to the protests of the players.

  • Lady_Elle

    I don't even want FREE Papa John's pizza.
    He is still the largest shareholder!

  • NeverSurprised

    So an obese man in a dress uses his limited ghetto vocabulary to threaten physical violence against a woman. What else is new? Mr. Madison, if Sandra called you a drag queen, it's because that's what you are. You're an OBESE GAY MAN with fake breasts and a real d!ck. Threatening Sandra won't change that, Sir.

  • Kanyade

    that's on my to-watch list over the holidays

  • KLo

    still not buying your pizza. go get your profits from the p-grabber in the whitehouse . beach as cracker

  • Look@m3

    Girl....wait til after the holidays. Keep your spirit right! JK but if you can handle it and not get angry go for it!

  • ?Patty Kakes?

    Papa John's it's gonna be hard to come back from this

  • BeUtFullSoul


  • BeUtFullSoul

    DEAR JOHN, as you should, AND thanks!

  • yvette46

    Racist ass I don't like pizza anyway's by if I did I stil wouldn't eat his..

  • Evillene

    Same with "Mudbound."

  • Look@m3

    Whats mudbound? Can i find on netflix?

  • Roderick2011

    But the speculation was that if Diddy or Steph Curry become majority owners that Kap would be hired.

  • Trace da Ace

    well he can take his nasty ass pizza with him....and thank you!! Now I dont have to worry about seeing his fugly, caked on makeup face on the commercials anymore..... #WIN

  • fRAktal Reality

    His shenanigans were hurting shareholder profits. He had to step down.

  • RESPECK Muh Name

    Damn you're a professional blogger? How much your crazy self gets paid for bouncing from site to site??

  • RESPECK Muh Name

    Hey beautiful, what you for Christmas

  • unknown user

    Get ready for a revamp ingredient wise. Theyll put it in a commercial. Higher grade ingredients or some shxt like that. Someone different will be in this mans place as far as marketing. Probably someone younger, maybe even a woman.

  • fRAktal Reality

    *THINKING OUT LOUD* - Why isn't RESPECK Muh Name aware that many blog sites use Disqus for their commenting platform? What an imbecilic, anonymous @ss he is...

  • RESPECK Muh Name

    That's not the point stupid, the point is you're on every damn blog site so I know you have no life and you're lame as fuck...Everybody knows Disqus is on different sites but not everybody is on every damn site like you trying to sound smart and really stupid as hell couldn't even comprehend what I was saying..Idiot, get off of all these blog sites online all day and get a life

  • fRAktal Reality

    @RESPECK Muh Name - I have never required permission nor authorization from you to visit websites. I do post comments on different blog sites and have done it for years. Why is this a concern to you? However, I do challenge the validity, truthfulness and accuracy of your surveillance of my time spent on blogging activity...which is viewable to the public. What's really the ROOT of the problem?

    You really should refrain from labeling others dumb without self-examination.
    Your use of English language syntax doesn't make you appear smart.

  • Youngblood

    When you realize you f up

  • SpellingPoliceForce


  • Mrs Mary

    I never liked his pizza so i never went back after the first try. he put his own foot in his mouth and took money out of his own bank account when he pulled those ads...DUMMY..he thought he washurting NFL but was hurting his own sales...DUMMY

  • Ryan

    That ain't happening. It's still his name on the company and most people don't even know he stepped down (or they've already forgotten). The brand is damaged like Subway's, who've closed about 800 locations this year.

  • wayoli

    This is pizza is worst that cafeteria pizza, watered down tomato sauce. At the end of the day leadership is on that field, the owners and the CEO’s know it too. Without the players there is no NFL. Since he like many racist don’t want to believe the real meaning of Black Lives Matter this can be your outcome.

  • BeUtFullSoul

    Just saw THIS.

  • Binta

    Your use of the English language makes you appear Nigerian.

  • fRAktal Reality

    @Binta - And? What is your point of contention?

  • Binta

    My point is you write like someone for whom the English language is a struggle. It's incredibly annoying to read.

  • fRAktal Reality

    @Binta - Good. Why would an English scholar, like yourself, burden your Caucasoid eyes with reading my posts that are poorly-constructed, incoherent, incomprehensibly-typed English syntax? Kai! Na wa oooo!

    Does that make sense, Oyinbo?

  • Binta

    Racist. Go home.

  • fRAktal Reality

    @Binta - I'm already home, logic-impaired racist fool.