Papa John’s Founder John Schnatter Says Company Has Suffered After Ditching Conservative Values

Founder says company has lost its way after abandoning conservative values.

QUICK FACTS:
  • During an interview last week, Schnatter said he thinks the company has “really lost their way” since ignoring the conservative principles he first established.
  • “It used to be an operational-driven company,” Schnatter said. “Now it’s a lawyer, PR-driven company. They don’t run their company on principles and values.”
  • Schnatter claims the once best-voted pizza company has taken a hit in performance and profit as well.
  • “They’re losing traffic, they’re losing customers. I think the traffic count’s less than what it was when I was there six years ago,” he continued.
PAPA JOHN’S FOUNDER ON THE COMPANY SUFFERING AFTER LOSING ITS CONSERVATIVE VALUES:

“If you don’t have that quality, you don’t have that service, and you don’t have that culture, you’re asking for, you know, a bad day at the office,” SAID SCHNATTER.

BACKGROUND:
  • Schnatter, who says the company was originally built on truth and God, stepped down as the company chairman in 2018 after he reportedly used the N-word in a conference call.
  • Now he believes he was a target of “cancel culture” because of his love for the country and pursuing the American dream.
  • “Papa John’s debunked every single element of the left’s ideology,” Schnatter said. “So unbeknownst to me, I had a giant target on my back just by being the American dream and the folks around me living the American dream.”