John Schnatter has now surrendered as the chairman of Papa John’s International. An announcement from the organization says that “the independent directors of the company have accepted the resignation.”

Schnatter has conceded that the report about the hostile and bigot dialect he utilized on the Papa John’s telephone call is valid.

“News reports attributing the use of inappropriate and hurtful language to me during a media training session regarding race are true. Regardless of the context, I apologize. Simply stated, racism has no place in our society,” he said in a statement, per CNN Money.

As indicated by TMZ, Schnatter likewise resigned from his position at the University of Louisville Board of Trustees after the NAACP asked him to. The University has said it doesn’t bolster bigotry, and furthermore included Schnatter’s comments don’t “reflect his personal beliefs or values.” Papa John’s base camp are situated in Louisville, and the college’s football group’s stadium is named the Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium