Papa John's has already scrubbed its founder from its logo and marketing

By Kate Taylor

The pizza chain Papa John's has started to pull its founder, John Schnatter, from the company's marketing after he admitted earlier this week to using the N-word during a company conference call in May.

"A person inside the company with knowledge of the decision said the decision to remove Schnatter as the marketing face of Papa John's was made by top executives and the details and exact timing are still being worked out," the Associated Press reported on Friday.

A Papa John's representative confirmed the report to Business Insider but said the company did not have an official statement on the matter.

By 11 a.m. ET on Friday, Schnatter's image was no longer included in the company logo on its website, a change first spotted by the AP reporter Candice Choi. The company's social-media accounts also feature a version of the logo that does not feature Schnatter. For now at least, there are no plans to change the pizza chain's name, the AP cited a source as saying.

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