Papa John’s founder resigns as chairman of the board amid backlash after admitting he used the N-word

Papa John’s founder John Schnatter resigned as chairman of the company Wednesday amid growing backlash over his use of the n-word during a conference call in May.

In a statement late Wednesday night, the company said it had accepted his resignation and that Olivia Kirtley will be the company’s Lead Independent Director. The company said it will also appoint a new chairman in the coming weeks.

The resignation comes after Schnatter admitted that he used “inappropriate and hurtful language” while on a conference call in May.

Papa John’s founder resigns as chairman of the board amid backlash after admitting he used the N-word

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