By Sandra Rose  | 

John Schnatter

Papa John's Pizza Founder John Schnatter has issued an apology to anyone who was offended after he used a racial slur during a conference call with a marketing company.

Schnatter, the founder and ex-CEO of Papa John’s Pizza, publicly apologized after word leaked that he used the racial slur during a role playing exercise with a marketing company in May.

“Colonel Sanders called blacks N---s,” Schnatter said during the training exercise for damage control after he pulled Papa John's NFL commercials amid the ongoing NFL player protests in November.

Schnatter blamed the NFL protests for a slowdown in sales of Papa John's Pizza. He stepped down as company CEO in December.

“News reports attributing the use of inappropriate and hurtful language to me during a media training session regarding race are true. Regardless of the context, I apologize. Simply stated, racism has no place in our society,” Schnatter said in a statement to CNN on Wednesday.

Schnatter also resigned from the University of Louisville board of trustees, the university announced Wednesday.

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  • Fire & Ice

    I don't like their sh*ty pizza anyways ?

  • Sid

    Papa Johns gives me the runs. I can’t fudge with their pizza?

  • SummerBaby
  • IamAllnatural

    When will he learn? Papa John’s will be out of business very soon!

  • KB

    I thought he was trying to lay low after he stepped down after the NFL comments. He's going to learn just like these other big mouth individuals that's writing checks their azzes refuse to pay.

  • Louisville Is4TheBirds

    Again? I had to check the check the date of the post! Yall gotta get him TF outta dodge

  • SumthinSweeter

    The one and only time I had this pizza was like 8 yrs ago. My co-worker raved and promised it was sooooooo good. It was bland tasting and greasy. Disappointed was an understatement. Would have rather had a pick up and go from Lil Caesars. BUT we REALLY have to watch who we are spending our money with. No matter how much we like or love the product. Gotta stop giving these racist clowns our bucks.

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  • TooMuchTea

    Same here! One and done!

  • TooMuchTea


  • Phil Mccrackenzme

    Wealthy or broke, your character will always tell on you.

  • Miss Thang

    This racist POS needs to be CANCELLED. His pizza is nasty anyway.

  • Rachel

    He is still pushing the envelope to see how far he can go with this garbage pizza. Trump have really brought out the worst of some of these idiots. He acting there is a magic recipe to pizza. Just accept that sh$$ is gross and work on a new recipe or shut up.

  • TooMuchTea

    I’m not surprised the way he showed is azz during the NFL protests and Obamacare.

  • hottlanta

    A racist Republican NOOOOOOOO!!!!!

  • Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    F*ck this dude and his business. We knew what it was when he stepped down. Still, folks were on here acting like those of us calling him racist were over-reacting because it was all about business and not about race. (And, if you're on here today defending him, f*ck you too!)

  • abby500


  • Logan Roberts

    I'm so sick of this plastic water bottle face turd.

  • Whiplash(lacejagger)

    Maybe someone should of tried reverse racism on him. His last name is a Jewish one... maybe in the training excercise someone should of used the word “kike” and put his a$$ in his place.

  • Miss Thang

    His ass is Jewish selling pizzas!

  • Roderick2011

    You meant what you said so don't apologize because claiming that you're sorry won't get more people to eat that nasty-a$$ed pizza.

  • Fuk.U.Fuk.Him.Fuk.Her.Fuk.Yal

    Porch Crackers use that word casually. Thats why pizza hut pan pizza better than yours ??I eat pizza hut twice a month and papa john once a month. side-bar papa johns veggie pizza with extra cheese, mushrooms and olives is everything! And that garlic sauce ? but still hate him??

  • hottlanta

    Stepped down means he got white folks fired. Means he still gets a check direct deposited every month as if he is still there. Black folks fired means you getting some rest so you can be the first one in line at the unemployment office the desk day.

  • Rere

    Why apologize for saying what you meant?? OHHHHH b/c you got caught! sad that racism will never end. I don't eat that nasty pizza anyways...

  • DaughterOfaQueen

    I haven't had a Papa John's pizza in forever. Why does he keep apologizing?

  • Rere

    I like Marco's Pizza myself, lol

  • hottlanta

    He needs to apologize for that Clairol #2 dye in his hair.

  • Rere


  • Fuk.U.Fuk.Him.Fuk.Her.Fuk.Yal

    lol ?

  • bemetoo

    ion even like pizza

  • ImWoke

    He’s so accustomed to using the word around his friends and family that he forgot he was conducting business. If the incident wasn’t brought to the public’s attention he would have never issued an apology


    Fugg this cracka ass cracka and his nasty pizzas!!!!! I knew what time it was with this company when they were in the news for clerks writing "ni**er" on customers' receipts!!!! This is the same mofo that "casually mentioned" in a corporate meeting how he grew up in Indiana where blacks were dragged to their deaths, like that was the good old days. AND, what he said at the meeting in question was, "Colonel Sanders called blacks ni**ers and got away with it..." What in the entire fawk? Colonel Sanders is FICTIONAL.
    FAWK. YEW.

  • Shira Harding-James

    Stop apologizing!

  • Skin Deep Beauty

    When will black be as upset in our communities..look at the state of black men ESPECIALLY THE YOUNGINS... GAY, K2, TURNIN UP, OVER SEXUALIZED, EASILY INFLUENCED .. THESE KKKRAKKAS are not acting new... So this isn't news. The awareness has always been there!

  • hottlanta

    Trying to bring the Colonel into his argument. Leave our chicken alone.

  • hottlanta

    Still waiting on that 1 black friend to show up and say he has always been kind to me.

  • cocaína.maui.wowie

    That’s why y’all pizza turned nasty as fuck five years ago I stopped eating pap johns thank god , ur pizza ain’t selling cuz it’s nasty bitch don’t blame the nfl and us niggas TF

  • Readytochokemothernatureout

    I ordered it in 2011 in NC because I didn't want to cook and never ordered it again.

  • justlooking

    I stopped ordeeing that pizza when he backed turd.

  • KB

    So do I. I wish they would expand their delivery area. I miss living in Dunwoody where I could get BBQ shrimp from Ruth Chris, Marcos, CPK & Jersey Mikes delivered at a moment notice. I'm in my foodie mood now ?.

  • FukkFolks2018

    Fukk you. Not surprised. I already knew you were comfy saying it.

  • Wreckognize Game

    Steve Harvey where you at?

  • Rayne

    Fawk the poppa! And his nasty ass”pizza”

  • Rayne

    There’s ALWAYS that one lone nigro!!

  • Lorenzo Chaps


  • Rere

    I'm with you, leave our chicken alone???.

  • Ryan

    I bet that word rooollled off his tongue with no hesitation. I been stopped eating that nasty pizza before he started getting reckless with his ignorance.

  • Rere

    I have one less than a mile from me???

  • KB

    D*******mn ?!

  • Lady” Youngblood

    Nobody eats that pizza it's way too sweet, star bucks nasty it gives you coffee breath and HM has wack clothes so I'm good

  • hottlanta
  • Rhyme and Reason

    I guess I think that people so rich wouldn't be so racist because they encounter Blacks who are not the stereotype, but what is instilled at a young age seems to stay with people regardless of their status or station in life!

    Racism screams massive low self-esteem, when you don't have to come in contacts with 'good for nothing' blaks, colored people! There are cities across America where you can avoid us totally!

    If you think, we're the ones not making America great, then your ignorance is your problem!

    Ignore the Opioid and illicit DRUG EPIDEMIC (meth, H e r o i n, E, etc.), not a health crisis, but criminal activity like Crack, or the FBI stats on crime, who commits what and to whom!

    Or there are approximately 40 million Blacks, and approximately 1 million black men are in prison, more than whites by percentage, but we're not all causing a problem, like 39 million, neither are we all on welfare!

  • imright

    i thought we already canceled this nasty ass pizza place ?! ?

  • hottlanta

    Hellooooo Rayne. How's that baby doing Keep him in the house chile. He can't cut grass, do bird calls, deliver newspapers, sell water, sit by the pool, wipe his butt, walk, sleep or burp without the police being called on him.

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  • Rhondalousey

    Didn't this mf use the word before that's why his stank azz had to step down. And you're right, that pizza nasty as hell. I used to go in just to purchase the garlic sauce but never more.

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  • dontgetblocked

    Papa John's was good growing stock. The franchise has become international. The truth is that black people don't buy Papa John's. The stock slightly slipped a little today but white people will not be selling the stock. PJ is the third largest pizza company in the US and it keeps growing. No one cares about us. Paula Deen made a comeback. Blacks still go to her restaurant and buy her products. I won't be eating PJ unless someone buys it at work or a get together. That garlic sauce is good and it would be free.

  • E-VannaRootsAllEvil

    I thought so too

  • Strappyheels

    Papa John’s is trash anyway!! He never gets my money and neither will Paula Deen.

    I wish no one well that that thinks ill of my kind.


  • E-VannaRootsAllEvil

    Haven’t ordered Papa Johns Pizza in a year. I can’t. He destroyed his company

  • Reenaface

    This greaseball is at it again?. With his cardboard tasting pizza.

  • hi-liter

    Ion know why these people be apologizing when they know they mean what they say. I just hate it for the black folk that work in his establishments and delivers that shit he calls pizza. His business ain’t gonna change because much of his customer base feel the same way he does so......

  • Fuk.U.Fuk.Him.Fuk.Her.Fuk.Yal

    Typical porch cracker.....

  • Mark mcharm

    We have

  • SG

    You said what you said and you’ve probably said it countless times before. Bye.

  • Rico768

    But yet we say it daily and hurtfully. We kill are on but get butt hurt when some one else says it

  • Diva_woman

    Do black ppl eat papa Johns? We never did growing up

  • dru and neil

    Okay at this point with him, all anyone should be doing is rolling their eyes. Nobody should be surprised. He's a racist, we get it.

  • stacee

    F you and your nasty pizza.

  • Malai


  • PynkCloudz

    Who cares what word someone used. It's getting old.

  • country57

    "It's getting old" What the he!! does that mean?? That word offends people who care, such as myself. Being called a "niqqer" is offensive, period!!. Peace.

  • MrsHBC

    He just loves the taste of his feet...the idiot can’t keep his foot out of his mouth!

  • BallsJustFloppinRound

    Yeah, you got alot pizza to eat alone now bitch.

  • MsPam

    Didn’t he resign?!

  • ImWoke

    Give it a few days, he’s coming.

  • We Can Do This

    This is the thinking of most CEO's. They all want our money and wish we'd go away.

    They love us as consumers but hate our existence.

  • Music

    It’s pretty clear where he stands regarding racism. People express their true thoughts, and think “Oh, I’ll just send out a generic apology, and all will be forgiven.” Nope! ....Give your support to more black owned businesses. The nerve of him to say, “Why am I being punished whenever so and so did it to, and got away with it.” Stop eating at these nasty places. It’s unhealthy anyways.

  • BloodBlood

    I don't even be surprised over stuff like this anymore

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Chile he is finished.. . SMH..

  • MissyJ

    I quit with Papa Johns after he fought to provide health insurance which amount to .19 per pizza after the affordable care act..

  • supastar

    what kind of training session was that... yeah OK!

  • Kemi

    This is the 2nd time he’s resigned. He said what’s embedded in his heart. No need for the fake apology! Pizza is nasty anyway!!

  • dblogged

    Ernesto’s Pizza in the north end and assembly row is better. The hate is real

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  • Browneyes

    Guess he's not living his best life still. Negative actions should have consequences

  • sunni_daze

    So this is the second time he's made these comments. I don't eat Poppa Johns, but now is a good time to put the whole company out of business. So what he resigned, he's still getting some type of check as the founder.

  • Yardgirl

    This man speaks HIS truth and the truth is he is a racist. Now he can take his racist ass and go have several seats.

    They opened a store in my town and it did not last long. The pizza was nasty!! There are way too many good pizza joints in this area for anyone to support a racist with gross pizza. FOH!!

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    Like Kanye with Donald Trump.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    I just feel bad for all the black franchise owners, and the black employee who work for Papa John's franchises. Unfortunately they're going to suffer because of this.

  • Trace da Ace

    Fuck Papa John's and their nasty ass soggy ass pizza anyways.....I am a Pizza Hut chic....moving on--->

  • oshh16

    They'll always take them green dollars!
    That is why as consumers we should be mindful of who gets our dollars.

  • Connie

    Well damn!

  • Jennifer

    There's not a day that goes by that I don't say honkie and I'll NEVER apologize for it.

    When I first entered corporate America, I'd get a personal call and be like "I can't talk right now, honkies in my mouth." My family would say "Jennifer, you can't say that at work!" The point of my story is you can't help who you are. I want the honkies that call me nigger to call me nigger. Wear it proudly. Then we both know where we stand.

  • Prettybrowneyes

    My VP is buying pizza tomorrow for having a good fiscal year finish. If I walk in that break room and see green and white boxes.... ???

  • Trace da Ace

    lol.....toss all them shits in the trash...then walk out and go to Pizza a boss!

  • EntrepreneurialSpirit

    With that side of congestive heart failure they refer to as garlic sauce? ???

  • kekeb

    Cancel Papa John's


    Everyone's sorry when they get caught.

  • Dowoop

    Hes not even sorry he said it. Hes just sorry that people are offended.

  • Trace da Ace

    yaaasss!! Like that mess be different colors and shit!!! lol....

  • MJF

    Or just sorry he got caught.

  • We Can Do This

    I am. My money looks better in my pockets rather than someone else's pockets.

    I also take advantage of sales and clearances when buying clothing and other merchandise.

  • NorthDeKalb

    I’m not here for PJ’s limp a$$ pizza either. Hell I’ll take a meat lovers Home Run Inn pizza from Publix frozen section over PJ’s any day.

  • oshh16

    Me too!

  • We Can Do This

    Hey, you're not paying for it.

  • KLove

    Colonel Harlan David Sanders (1890-1980) is not a fictional character LOL

  • KLove

    Technically its not...he stepped down as CEO before but remained chairman of the he had to step down from the board LOL..and the board of directors for Univ of Louisville as well

  • Kemi

    Oh okay I see


    LOL -, the KFC Colonel is a FICTIONALIZATION. (Piss poor attempt at sarcasm on my part. )

  • KLove

    but that IS the KFC Colonel!!! so not fictional....the man did used to call us N's.....but we still love us some Original Recipe!!

  • Rayne


  • Jordan’s Memory

    This black person does. I love his pizza. damn just damn. smdh But I never heard of Poppa Johns growing up, it was always Dominoes 30 mins or less or Pizza Hut, but back back in the day like the 80's early 90s it was Shakey's or God Father Pizza. Yasss!

  • ZRoJoTheLezBeyond

    Is Pizza Inn still in business? I used to LOVE their thin crust pizza. OMG, it was so good.

  • ZRoJoTheLezBeyond

    I may not be black but I don't buy his pizza nor do I eat it if someone else pays for it. I honestly haven't ate his pizza in years, before the whole kneeling in protest came about. He was too expensive and the pizza wasn't worth the price they charged. I prefer Domino's and Pizza Hut anyway.

  • Knocked Kneed and Pigeon Toed

    Nobody even eats his pizza anyways. I havent had Papa Yawns since high school. Fugg him! How you accidentally say the N-word on a conference call. SMH Why has nobody ran up on him and beat the brakes off him yet.

  • Jordan’s Memory

    I never heard of Pizza Inn. Where are you from? I'm from MD/DC/VA area and I don't think we ever had one of those here.

  • ZRoJoTheLezBeyond

    Houston, TX here. They used to be all over TX, I'm not sure about other states. I guess they may not have been on the east coast. Well, they had some really good pizza and they had cheap buffets, too. I grew up eating there but haven't seen one in a couple of years now.

  • ZRoJoTheLezBeyond

    I see they aren't in MD or DC, probably weren't popular in VA if you never heard of them. They had pretty good pizza though.

  • Sushi

    Yes all of this...…..

  • Sushi

    Trust me, Negative actions do have Negative Consequences...….

  • Jordan’s Memory

    Wow that looks good! I think Cee Cees would be equivalent to the Pizza Inn in my area because they had a buffet like that but back then it was mostly thin crust pizza and they had salads and desserts on the buffet as well.

  • ZRoJoTheLezBeyond

    Yeah, it was good. I miss them!

  • hottlanta

    U taking some home

  • Ghost

    Sick of these meaningless apologies! Smh

  • Rodmilla De Ghent

    no one does

  • Rodmilla De Ghent

    papa johns will close its doors soon they have been failing since his first stunt

  • Prettybrowneyes

    Might grab a whole box lol ? Like someone posted earlier I didn't pay for it shiiitt ?

  • Lorenzo Chaps

    It's over for Papa John's.

  • PlayerP

    mumblas or yaaks

  • Readytochokemothernatureout

    In the words of Froghorn Leghorn I say I said I say kkkkkeep it ttttttto yourself....

  • roy

    Ain’t nobody worried about him and that medicine sauce pizza.

  • Jennifer

    Exactly. Im not mad at the man. You can't help who you are.

  • Claudia

    I was just thinking of trying Papa John's, NEVER!!

  • ImWoke

    And that is a fact

  • Jussjess25

    When yall gonna learn this man hates black people. Keep your hand off the horrible pizza