Papa John evicted from office at company’s headquarters

Now Papa John Schnatter is getting evicted.

The founder of the Papa John’s pizza chain can no longer occupy an office in the company’s sprawling Louisville, Ky., headquarters, a special committee of the chain’s board of directors said.

Schnatter will be forced to vacate the premises after the committee directed the company “to terminate a sublease agreement” that granted the 56-year old executive the right to use certain office space.

Schnatter has 90 days to move out.

The outspoken executive has been in hot water since last week when a transcript of an internal May conference call was leaked that revealed Schnatter had used the N-word.

Schnatter, no stranger to controversy, admitted he used the racial slur — but said the company’s marketing firm had “pushed” him to use it.

In January, the pizza mogul — who owns 30 percent of the $1.7 billion company’s shares — blamed the national anthem protests by NFL players for Papa John’s declining sales.

Papa John’s was a long-term NFL sponsor. The league parted ways with the chain after Schnatter’s comments. The executive also stepped down as CEO at that time.

The revelation of the N-word comments forced him to step down as chairman. Schnatter remains on the board.

The Louisville office Schnatter will vacate is a memorabilia-rich tribute to his successful career. It contains a horse statue covered in pizza ingredients, signed guitars, and his original 1971 Z28 Camaro — which he sold to fund the start-up of the chain in 1984, according to reports.

Recently, the board committee barred Schnatter from talking to the press and moved to remove his likeness from all marketing materials.

“The company has specifically requested that Mr. Schnatter cease all media appearances, and not make any further statements to the media regarding the company, its business or employees,” it said in a statement late Sunday.

Papa John’s shares were trading down 3.2 percent, to $51.83, at 1:20 p.m.

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