July 12 (UPI) — The founder and chairman of the Papa John‘s pizza chain has resigned after it was revealed Wednesday that he used a racial slur during a conference call in May.
According to the Forbes report, Schnatter was doing a role play exercise with Laundry Service, a marketing agency hired to prevent the pizza mogul from making more public relations mistakes.
Schnatter hired the agency after he criticized NFL players kneeling during the national anthem to protest police brutality against black people last year The fallout resulted in Schnatter resigning from his role as CEO in December.
“Colonel Sanders called blacks [expletives],” Schnatter said.
Laundry Service ended its contract with Schnatter after the call.