In a new interview with Bloomberg, former Papa John’s CEO John Schnatter railed against the “progressive elite left,” and revealed he’s eaten 800 pizzas to prove the quality of the company he founded has declined in his absence.
Schnatter — who in 2018 resigned from the company he founded following the leaking of a conference call in which he uttered a racial slur — painted his entrepreneurial rise as an exemplar of the “American Dream” that “totally debunks the left’s ideology.”
- After starting the company out of a broom closet in his father’s bar in 1984, Schnatter turned Papa John’s into the world’s third largest pizza chain, with more than 5,000 outlets and global name recognition.
- His swift fall from grace mirrored his meteoric rise: “It was a crucifixion,” he told Bloomberg, while blaming his ouster on the media, leftists and craven Papa John’s executives. “It was unethical. It was immoral. It was evil.”
In a heroic bid to gauge how the company has fared since he left, Schnatter personally taste-tested 800 Papa John’s pizzas over a period of 18 months, he said.
- “Some were burnt,” he reported. “Some were undercooked.”