Papa John’s Founder Claims Laundry Service Tried to ‘Extort’ the Company for $6 Million

The pizza drama continued over the weekend as Papa John’s founder John Schnatter doubled and even tripled down on his claims that former AOR Laundry Service bears a major share of the responsibility for a May call in which he uttered the N-word and made comments about lynching, according to a report in Forbes that he later confirmed.


In a Friday interview with a local radio host, Schnatter said that Laundry Service staffers had “pressured” him to engage in the conversation that led to him using that word while referencing Colonel Sanders.

And in a second interview with an ABC affiliate, he went so far as to claim that the agency “extorted” his company and demanded $6 million “to make [the story] go away.”

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