Remember Jared? For years, Jared Fogle served as the spokesperson for Subway sandwiches and acting as a symbol for the chain’s weight loss message. But two months after a business partner was arrested on charges of child pornography, his relationship with the company that made him famous looks to be coming to an end. On Tuesday, the FBI raided his house as part of the investigation and Subway suspended their relationship.
The AP reports (via TheBlaze):
FBI agents and Indiana State Police raided the home of Subway restaurant spokesman Jared Fogle on Tuesday, removing electronics from the property and searching the house with a police dog, two months after the then-executive director of Fogle’s foundation was arrested on child pornography charges.
Subway & Jared Fogle have agreed to suspend their relationship due to the current investigation. Jared is cooperating with authorities.— SUBWAY® (@SUBWAY) July 7, 2015
Stu and Pat discussed the story on radio Tuesday:
Below is a rush transcript of this segment, it may contain errors:
PAT: 877-727-BECK. It's Pat and Stu. We were talking about the Jared situation. Yesterday Jeffy and I were in the office talking about this. And Subway was kind of sticking by him. Or at least so far they said they were closely monitoring it. And I said to Jeffy, you know what that means, that means we'll stand right behind him until we get a couple of bad Facebook posts and then we're going to fire his ass.
PAT: Yesterday they came out with this statement that says essentially that they've fired him.
JEFFY: I mean, it was yesterday afternoon. It was amazing. Not two hours.
STU: Let me see if I have the quote here. But it was basically -- oh, here it is. Subway restaurant chain says it is ending its relationship.
PAT: Ending their relationship.
STU: Ending its relationship with spokesman Fogle amid investigation. They're not saying -- they're not making any specific claims. This is bigger than just Jared Fogle, to broaden it just a second here. When companies get headlines with your name, their product, and the words "child porn" in them, you won't be employed there very long.
PAT: Not good. Yeah, it doesn't mean he's guilty. It doesn't mean he's not. But it doesn't mean he is.
STU: All it is, you're right. Lots of Facebook posts. Lots of people associating delicious sandwiches with child porn, and that's not what they want.
PAT: Yep. No, they wanted to associate it with weight loss.
STU: Weight loss. Tasty goodness. Maybe inexpensive lunch. Not child porn. Less child porn, more tastiness. That's kind of their policy. And, you know, that's not a battle you can win anymore. I mean, we've seen this over and over and over again with people making accusations about things. And sometimes they turn out to be true. Sometimes they turn out to be complete nonsense. But it doesn't matter. And when you're on the corporate side of these things. You're looking at this information coming in and saying, look, Jared has done a good job for us for a long time. But if we made the decision tomorrow to say, you know what, we're not going to do the Jared thing anymore, it's old and it's done. Would that be a big difference to our business? Maybe a little. Probably not. Why bother? Why bother?
PAT: I doubt it. I think that's kind of run its course.
STU: It's been, what, 15 years?
PAT: Yeah. I'm amazed they held on to him that long.
STU: Your mic is not on there, Jeffy.
JEFFY: That's why they were shocked about the news and believe it's related to a prior investigation of a former Jared Foundation employee. We're very concerned, and we'll be monitoring the situation closely.
PAT: Yeah, that's --
STU: And what time was that yesterday? It did not take long.
JEFFY: It did not. Hours. Hours.
PAT: Those statements happened in the same day. It's amazing. Amazing.
STU: It's an interesting culture. Obviously, if he -- we don't know obviously, it's all allegations. But if he did this, there's no bowel of hell that I want him to be. There's no bowel too deep in hell that I want him to be in. This is -- who has any -- any tolerance for this sort of nonsense?
We talked about this with the guy -- I think we talked about it on Pat & Stu maybe a week or two ago with the Australian reporter on the Australian "60 Minutes" who was talking to this guy who started a child porn ring to the extent that he was taking on demand submissions. Like, hey, what do you want done on video? Basically the worst person on earth. And he's sitting there and he's talking to this reporter and she at some point asks a fairly logical question. She did a great job in the interview. And she said, what if -- did you ever do this to one of your kids? And he's like, oh, of course not! I -- I can't believe you would ask that question! He gets all indignant. Now, he's admitted to doing the child porn essentially.
PAT: Up to and including killing one of them.
STU: But when it comes to his own children, there's some weird line of, how dare you even ask me! And it's -- these people -- to state the incredibly obvious, they're so horribly demented and so twisted that even an allegation in that realm, you don't want your tuna sub to be associated with it. And you can understand from a corporate decision. What are you going to do? The best-case scenario, he hired a child porn guy to run his charity. That's not a good thing either. It doesn't exactly work to your judgment at all. And it's not exactly speaking well of your judgment.
PAT: No. No. It's probably not. I mean, you don't know though what everybody is doing in their private life.
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