Welcome to Ad Age's Wake-Up Call, our daily roundup of advertising, marketing, media and digital news. You can get an audio version of this briefing on your Alexa device. Search for "Ad Age" under "Skills" in the Alexa app. What people are talking about today: John Schnatter, who founded Papa John's more than three decades ago, resigned as chairman of the board late Wednesday after using the "n" word on a conference call.
Ad Age's Jessica Wohl writes that the move comes after a Forbes report that Schnatter used the "n"-word during a May conference call with Laundry Service, which was the company's creative agency at the time. Schnatter said during the call: "'Colonel Sanders called blacks n-----s [and never] faced public backlash.' "
Schnatter did not deny the report and had at first apologized in a statement for his "inappropriate and hurtful language" during what was called a media training session regarding race. "Regardless of the context, I apologize. Simply stated, racism has no place in our society," he said. Late on Wednesday night, it was announced he had resigned from the board and that his resignation had been accepted.