Since his ouster, 'Papa John' has been in a contentious back and forth with the company's board. It is unclear if this will ultimately help or hurt the chain that he founded.
John Schnatter, the ousted founder of Papa John’s Pizza, escalated his battle with his former company’s board on Wednesday, launching a website for the purpose of “getting the truth” to the public.
Entitled SavePapaJohns.com, the website includes links to legal documents, press releases and letters related to his dispute with the board, which removed him from its marketing campaigns and banned him from making media appearances last July. In a message to readers, Schnatter accused the board of trying to “silence” him and said he misses his customers and former employees.
“As I said in a recent letter, I miss you all very much,” Schnatter’s message reads. “More than words can express! Papa John’s is our life’s work and we will all get through this together somehow, some way. I can only imagine how difficult this entire situation is on you, and I’m very sorry you all have to go through this. Know that in every minute of every day you are all in my thoughts and prayers.”
The website launched alongside a full-page ad in Wednesday’s edition of the Louisville-Courier Journal. In an open letter, Schnatter said he missed Papa John’s employees “more than words can express” and vowed, “we will all get through this together.”