Former Papa John's CEO and founder John Schnatter is back in the news for the first time since he was forced to resign from his namesake pizza franchise and it seems like he's not taking things well. In his first interview since word got out that he used the N-word in a company conference call, Schnatter is now alleging that his ousting was part of a conspiracy from within the company. And somehow, that isn't even the wildest part.
For starters, Schnatter has asserted that since his departure the quality of Papa John's product has sharply declined and that he can tell because he has eaten "40 pizzas in the past 30 days." (A claim seemingly backed up by the Exxon Valdez levels of oil coating Schatter's face.)
The Papa John interview is lovely https://t.co/bpDMDm9t9G— Timothy Burke (@Timothy Burke) 1574738879.0
Blowing past the heartburn-inducing statement, Schnatter goes on to list everyone he believes to be involved in his removal by name, suggesting that a couple of them even face jail time. Schnatter goes on to ominously warn his enemies that a "day of reckoning will come" and that "the record will be set straight." When further pressed about what he could possibly mean by that, Schnatter, in a performance to rival that of Joaquin Phoenix in The Joker, would only cryptically say "stay tuned."
Suffice to say, the internet had a field day:
Papa John looks like the guy in a zombie movie that gets bit and tries to hide it from the rest of the group https://t.co/K3y0qkOIQZ— Scott (@Scott) 1574781117.0
papa john has fucking HAD IT https://t.co/6khz6avpSL— christine teigen (@christine teigen) 1574744596.0
papa john is clearly on what we call the “elvis life trajectory” where you rule the world for a decade or two then… https://t.co/boOc32gvsu— pants archivist (@pants archivist) 1574741644.0
Not to be lost in the wake of the Papa John interview: he is wearing a shirt that says Jeff Baseball https://t.co/S0FX1yT94X— Dan Clyne (@Dan Clyne) 1574741951.0
my soul will never be at ease until Ray Liotta plays Papa John https://t.co/9JpfkLtENC— Sarah Hagi (@Sarah Hagi) 1574743691.0
Papa John casually animorphing into a garlic knot— Craig Bro Dude (@Craig Bro Dude) 1574746236.0
when i see something like this in the news i always assume that the U.S. just committed a particularly unspeakable… https://t.co/Btk6LcGw2h— Told Slant (@Told Slant) 1574788090.0