The disgraced founder of Papa Johns says the company is making worse pizzas without his 'conservative values' of 'truth and God'

John Schnatter.REUTERS/Danny Moloshok
John Schnatter says Papa John's pizza has deteriorated without his 'conservative values'
Schnatter suggested that "Truth and God" made Papa Johns great.
Schnatter left the company in 2018 after admitting to using the N-word on a conference call.
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Controversial Papa Johns founder John Schnatter said this weekend the company's pizza has deteriorated without its "conservative values".
During an interview with the Right Side Broadcasting Network at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Dallas, Schnatter said quality, service, and culture helped make Papa John's a hit.
But now, he said, Papa Johns is "lost" that it's "losing money" and is "down at Little Caesar's."
“We built the entire company on conservative values. Conservative ideology has two of the most important attributes: truth and God,” Schnatter said.
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During his Aug. 4 speech at CPAC, Schnatter also made a cryptic statement that "evil forces" controlled the world while calling liberals "stupid."
Schnatter resigned as the company's chief executive officer in July 2018 after admitting to saying the N-word on a conference call. The incident came months after Schnatter partially attributed the slump in pizza sales to NFL players kneeling during the national anthem.
In March 2021, he said it took him nearly two years to "get rid of the word" from his vocabulary, but said in the same interview that he "couldn't understand" the backlash he was getting.
Since resigning from his post, the ex-CEO has repeatedly spoken critically about the company. In August 2018, Schnatter launched a now-defunct website called SavePapaJohns.com, where he accused the board of trying to "silence" him.
In November 2019, he said he had eaten more than 40 of the chain's pizzas in 30 days and found the quality had been destroyed. In response, the chain's current CEO, Rob Lynch, said the pizza chain hasn't changed its recipe.
In November, Schnatter said he ate 800 pizzas in 18 months to sample the chain's offerings.
"Some were burned," he told Bloomberg. "Some were undercooked."
The chain suffered financial losses in 2018 and 2019, which it attributed to its founder's controversial statements. But in 2020, the company experienced a surge in profits due to the pandemic, leading Lynch to say he thought that revenue surge would increase "for the foreseeable future."
The company has also rebranded - in November it changed its name from Papa John's to Papa Johns. This prompted a rebuttal from Schnatter, who released a statement accusing the company of "obsessing over Papa John and irrelevant changes to the brand's logo."
"As hard as they try, they can't have Papa Johns without Papa John," Schnatter wrote.
Schnatter and reps for Papa Johns did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment. Little Caesers did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment.
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John Schnatter
American entrepreneur, founder of Papa John's

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