Papa John's Pizza may have just found its new CEO: rap icon Lil Jon.
After a fan shared a tweet reading, "Now that Papa John isn't the CEO of Papa John's, I think the only valid choice for the next CEO is Lil Jon," the rapper tweeted out ecstatically, "@PapaJohns I WILL HUMBLY ACCEPT THE POSITION AS YOUR NEW CEO. I CAN START IMMEDIATELY."
@PapaJohns I WILL HUMBLY ACCEPT THE POSITION AS YOUR NEW CEO. I CAN START IMMEDIATELY 😁 https://t.co/ZHcUJoRhnK— LILJON (@LILJON)1513978160.0
Original CEO and founder, John Schnatter, announced last week that he will be stepping down in January, less than two months after he made heavily-criticized comments about the NFL national anthem protests. Schnatter slammed the NFL's "poor leadership" for how it was dealing with the protesting, and claiming it was resulting in poor sales for the NFL sponsor as fewer people tuned into games and felt the need to order pizza.
Papa John's CEO is leaving after blaming NFL players who knelt during the national anthem to protest injustice for… https://t.co/JiPkrasuFE— Bishop Talbert Swan (@Bishop Talbert Swan)1514058049.0
"Like many sponsors, we are in contact with the NFL and once the issue is resolved between the players and the owners, we are optimistic that the NFL’s best years are ahead," Schnatter said. "But good or bad, leadership starts at the top, and this is an example of poor leadership."
That's not to say that Papa John's is really making a huge change when all is said and done. Schnatter will continue to serve as chairman of the board of Papa John's International, and remains its primary shareholder. He'll simply be passing the CEO reins on to Chief Operating Officer Steve Ritchie on January 1.
But perhaps if Lil Jon can gain enough public support in time, we might see our dreams finally come true.
In fact, senior recruiter for Papa John's International, Caroline Smith, even responded:
@LilJon @PapaJohns Still waiting on your resume! Is it a deal breaker if we won't rename the company Papa Lil Jon's?— Caroline Smith (@Caroline Smith)1514130570.0
@cbucysmith @PapaJohns Check your DM— LILJON (@LILJON)1514135834.0
Twitter got into full daydream mode imagining what a Lil Jon-led Papa John's might look like.
And some of their ideas were on point:
“Aye yo this is lil Jon and next time you got the munchies you better call up your papa johns. Now LEEETTTSSSS GOOO… https://t.co/tQ8T8Ifs13— Jacob (@Jacob)1514097376.0
@LilJon @PapaJohns This would be a great move. Tell me one time you’ve seen Lil Jon out here losing in these skreet… https://t.co/I0ngYxrxge— Poppa Ganda (@Poppa Ganda)1513991190.0
@NoTheOtherLeon @LilJon @PapaJohns https://t.co/PLiYo2e4Hm— 𝐿𝒾𝓈𝒶 𝑀𝑜𝑜𝓃, 𝒫𝓇𝒾𝓃𝒸𝑒𝓈𝓈𝒶 (@𝐿𝒾𝓈𝒶 𝑀𝑜𝑜𝓃, 𝒫𝓇𝒾𝓃𝒸𝑒𝓈𝓈𝒶)1514003001.0
@jaydestro @LilJon @PapaJohns you want extra onions on your pizza? OKAAAAAAY— ass buttlady (@ass buttlady)1514047173.0
.@LilJon @PapaJohns congrats on your new position https://t.co/XBoxA3Ye48— ᴱᴿᴷ (@ᴱᴿᴷ)1514075288.0
We can dream, right?
Well, the Papa John's Twitter account seemed to be on board with the idea too, so maybe nothing in this world is impossible:
OKAAAY! https://t.co/ZeW6qNWhLI— Papa John's Pizza (@Papa John's Pizza)1513980873.0
@CoachJayMo Yes, Jason. Yes, we can.— Papa John's Pizza (@Papa John's Pizza)1513989321.0
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