Its been just over a year since Papa John Schnatter was forced to resign as chairman of the Papa Johns Pizza board of directors in July of 2018, following media reports that he had used an N-word on a conference call the previous May. And if anyone was wondering how Schnatter has been doing since he was ousted from his own company, the answer is just fine.
In a (rather terrifying) new interview with a local Louisville Fox affiliate, Schnatter has broken his silence over the controversy and the former CEO believes that he was set up. Oh, and this thing goes all the way to the topalmost like an alleged pizza-gate, you might even say!
Oh, theres no question about it. And the public knows it. This is all a farce, Schnatter said, speaking with WDRB reporter Stephan Johnson. They fabricated it, shame on them.
He had particularly harsh words for former CEO Steve Ritchie, who took the reigns after Schnatter previously had to step down over his other NFL controversy the year before. Steve Ritchie the board of directors all used the black community and race as a way to steal the company, Schnatter continued. They stole the company, and now theyve destroyed the company.
As to how theyve destroyed the company, which is now being run by former president of Arbys Rob Lynch, well Thats where things veer down into the conspiracy well.
Ive had over 40 pizzas in the last 30 days, and its not the same pizza, Schnatter claimed, wildly. Its not the same product. It just doesnt taste as good. The way theyre making the pizza is just not fundamental to what makes a Papa Johns pizza.
In fact, the whole thing was so bonkers that journalist Timothy Burke compiled the best parts into a convenient 26-second soundbite.
The Papa John interview is lovely pic.twitter.com/bpDMDm9t9G
— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) November 26, 2019
Between the copious sweat and dry mouth noiseswhich can only be a result of eating 40 pizzas in 30 daysthis is not the beaming Papa John we used to know from our pizza boxes. And what was that he said about a day of reckoning??
The interview unsurprisingly quickly went viral, and lets just say people are decidedly unsettled! Chrissy Teigen, Elizabeth Banks, and others had capital-T thoughts about Papa Johns tirade.
papa john has fucking HAD IT https://t.co/6khz6avpSL
— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) November 26, 2019
With the sound off, this just looks like an ad for Hell. https://t.co/wMhYWTZoyS
— Elizabeth Banks (@ElizabethBanks) November 26, 2019
Guys don't worry, Papa John is fine and totally not insane at all!