Papa John’s is removing founder from ads after he used racial slur

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Still, an image of Schnatter, the "John" of "Papa John's", appears on a wide range of Papa John's materials, including its logo and pizza boxes.

Top executives made a decision to remove Schnatter but details are still being worked out.

The company told the publication it is still working out the exact timing and details as to how it plans to remove Schnatter, who has always been the face of the chain, from advertisements.

Schnatter has always been the face of the brand, and Papa John's has acknowledged in regulatory filings that its business could be hurt if Schnatter's reputation was damaged. Schnatter also stepped down as chairman of the pizza chain's board of directors late Wednesday night.

Papa John's has a license agreement with Schnatter "related to the use of certain intellectual property related to his name, likeness and image, our business and brand may be harmed if Mr. Schnatter's services were not available to the Company or the reputation of Mr. Schnatter were negatively impacted, including by social media or otherwise", it said in 2017 annual filing. The company's stock went up on Thursday - the first day of trading after Schnatter's resignation - following a Wednesday decline.

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Schnatter's controversial comment came during a role-playing exercise during a May conference call, which itself was organized in the wake of his comments concerning the NFL, and placing blame on the league's national anthem protests for the company's sales, Forbes reported.

Pizza-craving baseball fans have other - and, frankly, better - options at Target Field, including Pizza Lucé (Section 234), by-the-slice Freschetta (Sections 122 and 318), and stone-oven personals (Carew Atrium).

Louisville's Papa John's Cardinal Stadium is now simply Cardinal Stadium. When asked how he would distance himself from racist groups, Schnatter reportedly complained that Colonel Sanders never faced a backlash for using the word. He apologized to her, adding that he didn't want to be a "distraction", she said.

Papa John's, based in Louisville, Kentucky, began operations in 1984 and had more than 5,200 locations globally.

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