Less than a week after Papa John’s founder and former chairman John Schnatter accused the pizza chain’s former agency—Laundry Service--of extortion, its current agency Fallon has resigned the account.
Fallon had the account for a little more than a month.
The agency issued this statement today:
“In mid-June, Fallon was retained by Papa John’s International to create work for the brand. The agency was unaware of the incident with its previous agency and learned about it with the rest of the world. During our short time with Papa John’s, Fallon produced limited product-focused advertising that has yet to air. The agency has decided not to pursue additional business with Papa John’s.”
The split is the latest twist in a scandal that has engulfed the pizza company for the last two weeks, sparked by a revelation that Schnatter had used racist language in a conference call in May.