John Schnatter, the founder of Papa John’s Pizza who was forced to step down as CEO after uttering a racial slur throughout a convention name, was slammed on Tuesday for telling a cable information channel that he had “misplaced a house” in Florida because of Hurricane Ian.
Schnatter, whose web value was pegged by Forbes at round $1 billion in 2017, is the proprietor of an expansive actual property portfolio that features some 20 properties all through the nation, together with a $6 million condominium in Naples, Fla., according to Louisville Business First.
The mogul advised OAN on Tuesday that his property in Naples suffered injury from the huge Class 4 storm which left dozens lifeless after bringing document rainfall, flooding and storm surge to Florida.
In a viral clip circulating on-line, the cable community famous that Schnatter, 60, was talking from certainly one of his different houses in Utah.
“In fact, you’re at the moment in Utah however we’re seeing the photographs of your house in Naples,” the anchor, Stella Inger Escobedo, mentioned throughout the interview with Schnatter.
“It seems it’s utterly underneath water.”
“Simply seeing all these photos — it’s heartbreaking,” Escobedo added. “Are you able to inform us the aftermath in your neighborhood?”
Schnatter mentioned the extent of the injury depicted within the photos “provides you just a little little bit of perspective…[as to] how devastating this storm is.”
He then added that he wasn’t “apprehensive about myself as a result of I’ve the assets and the workforce and institutional data” to get by means of the disaster.
“You simply can’t think about how unhealthy that is and my coronary heart goes out to the parents in Florida,” Schnatter mentioned.
“Yeah, I misplaced a house, however they’ve misplaced the whole lot.”
Schnatter and OAN have been ridiculed on social media for the section.
One Twitter consumer sarcastically remarked: “I’m not apprehensive as a result of I’ve 600 million and might afford correct insurance coverage. OAN is ridiculous.”
Others additionally mocked OAN for misspelling the phrase “hurricane” within the chyron earlier than shortly fixing the typo.
“Nicely it’s a hurrican, not a hurrican’t,” tweeted one Twitter consumer.
However others defended Schnatter. They famous that he acknowledged he could be higher off than most individuals in Florida who’ve had their properties destroyed and lives upended.
“Idk looks as if u took this gorgeous outta context right here,” one Twitter consumer wrote.
“Isn’t he sorta admitting that as a result of he’s wealthy he’ll be simply wonderful and that folks that aren’t Papa John is not going to be?”
One other Twitter consumer wrote: “i imply at the least hes being sincere, he might’ve pretended it impacts him much more.”
On the time Schnatter filed for divorce from his spouse in 2019, he owned at the least three properties in Anchorage, Ky., not removed from Louisville. The properties, which totaled greater than 100 acres of land, have been managed by a restricted legal responsibility co-owned by Schnatter.
After he was forced out as CEO in 2018, he began promoting a big chunk of his 31% possession stake in Papa John’s. In whole, he pocketed greater than $500 million from the sale of his shares within the firm that he constructed into the fourth-largest pizza chain within the nation.
No less than 71 Floridians have been confirmed lifeless because of the hurricane, in line with authorities.
About 520,000 houses and companies in Florida have been nonetheless with out electrical energy as of Monday night, down from a peak of two.6 million. However that’s nonetheless practically the identical quantity of consumers in all of Rhode Island.
A Sept. 29 estimate from CoreLogic discovered that wind and storm surge damages from Ian might whole between $28 billion and $47 billion, according to CNBC.
With Publish wires