Subway and Jared Fogle have “agreed to mutually suspend” their ties after police and the FBI raided the home of the chain’s longtime spokesperson early Tuesday morning as part of a child-pornography investigation.
Subway tweeted, “Subway & Jared Fogle have agreed to suspend their relationship due to the current investigation. Jared is cooperating with authorities.”
Subway & Jared Fogle have agreed to suspend their relationship due to the current investigation. Jared is cooperating with authorities.
— SUBWAY® (@SUBWAY) July 7, 2015
Subway also removed all photos of Fogle from its website. Previously, the sandwich company had a section on the site titled “Jared’s Journey.” Now, that section is gone and people searching for it are rerouted to the default homepage.
Earlier on Tuesday, Subway released a statement.
“We are shocked about the news and believe it is related to a prior investigation of a former Jared Foundation employee. We are very concerned and will be monitoring the situation closely. We don’t have any more details at this point.”
The raid came two months after the arrest of Russell Taylor, the executive director of Fogle’s childhood-obesity foundation, on charges of child pornography.
Arrested in Indianapolis in May, Taylor faces seven counts for production of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography, according to the Indianapolis Star.
Fogle’s attorney also released a statement on his client’s behalf on Tuesday.
“Jared has been cooperating with law enforcement in its investigation of certain unspecified activities and looks forward to its conclusion.”
Fogle started the Jared Foundation as a mission to eliminate child obesity by raising awareness and developing programs for children.
Fogle’s Subway commercials went viral after he was employed as an official spokesperson for the sandwich chain’s advertising campaign. He claims to have lost 325 pounds just by eating Subway and exercising.