John Schnatter, the creator of pizza chain Papa John’ s, resigned as chairman of the business ’ s board Wednesday after reports appeared that he utilized a racial slur in a teleconference in May, the business revealed.

Schnatter utilized the N-word in a call in between Papa John’ s executives and marketing firm Laundry Service, Forbes reported early Wednesday, mentioning a “ source with understanding of the occasion.”

Schnatter acknowledged utilizing the slur and asked forgiveness on Wednesday, however that was insufficient for him to keep his position.

“ News reports associating using upsetting and unsuitable language to me throughout a media training session relating to race hold true, ” Schnatter stated. “ Regardless of the context, I ask forgiveness. Merely mentioned, bigotry has no location in our society.”

Schnatter ’ s remarks have actually landed the business in hot water prior to. The pizza mogul blamed a depression in sales in 2015 to a series of demonstrations by NFL gamers who knelt on the field throughout the nationwide anthem. A lot of those gamers were opposing cops cruelty and racial inequality.

“ The NFL has actually injured us by not solving the present fiasco to the gamers ’ and owners ’ complete satisfaction. … The NFL has actually injured Papa John’ s investors, ” Schnatter stated on a teleconference with financiers. In February, the NFL cut its sponsorship ties with Papa John’ s, which had actually been a league sponsor given that 2010.

He resigned as the business’ s president in January in the middle of a public protest.

Schnatter established Papa John’ s in 1984 and grew the business into a shipment leviathan with more than 3,400 areas in North America.

Papa John’ s will designate a brand-new chairman in the coming weeks. In the meantime, Olivia Kirtley will serve as the business’ s lead independent director, the business stated.