Papa John's founder has 'sampled' 800 pizzas in 18 months

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The former CEO of Papa John's has not lost his taste for the company's products, reporting he has sampled 800 pizzas in the last 18 months.

John Schnatter, the founder and former CEO of Papa John's Pizza, said in a recent interview he has eaten a lot of his old products to see if the quality has held up in his absence. Schnatter told Bloomberg  he's consumed almost 800 Papa John's pizzas in the last 18 months — an average of 1 1/2 pizzas a day.

“Some were burnt,” Schnatter admitted. “Some were undercooked.”

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Schnatter said he did not eat an entire pizza a day in any case. Instead, he was “sampling” them to make sure they were up to the standards he held before being deposed as CEO in 2018.

“I've had over 40 pizzas in the last 30 days,” the former Papa John's founder told WDRB News in 2019. “And it's not the same pizza. It's not the same product. It just doesn't taste as good.”

Schnatter was ousted as the CEO of Papa John's in 2018 after using a racist slur on a company call. Schnatter released a call recording in March, claiming the audio proves he was set up. Schnatter is now suing the advertising firm involved in the call and who reportedly leaked the comments to the press.

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In his interview with Bloomberg, Schnatter claimed the “elite Left” were behind his dismissal and that his story of entrepreneurship “debunks the Left's ideology” about capitalism and the American dream.

“It was a crucifixion,” Schnatter said. “It was unethical. It was immoral. It was evil.”

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