Ex- Papa John’s CEO: I’ve been working to ‘get rid of N-word in my vocabulary’ for 20 months

Papa John’s founder and CEO John Schnatter attends the Indy 500 on May 23, 2015 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)

The founder and former chairman of Papa John’s says he is working to remove the N-word from his vocabulary.

John Schnatter spoke with OAN on Monday and said he is committed to no longer saying the word after being ousted for saying it back in 2018.

“We’ve had three goals for the last 20 months: To get rid of this N-word in my vocabulary and dictionary and everything else because it’s just not true,” said Schnatter.

He says when he saw the headlines back in 2018, he was in a state of shock and couldn’t understand it.

“It’s just unbelievable, I used to lay in bed and wonder how did they do this,” said the former chairman in regards to the company’s board.

Sources said Schnatter used the n-word during a call while responding to a question about how he planned to distance himself from racist groups online.

“Colonel Sanders called blacks n—–s,” Schnatter allegedly said.

He reportedly made additional comments about his life in Indiana, where, he claimed people used to drag Black folks from trucks until they died. Forbes reported that Laundry Service owner Casey Wasserman terminated the company’s contract with Papa John’s after learning about the remarks.

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