Subway spokesman Jared Fogle became one of the most recognizable figures in advertising after losing 245 pounds on a Subway diet, but now his 15 year relationship with the company has come to an end.


Last Tuesday, the FBI raided Fogle’s home under the suspicion that he was in possession of child pornography. Investigators left the house with Fogle’s computers and other electronics to further look into the matter.


Fogle hasn’t been arrested or brought up on charges, but he and Subway have parted ways. A spokesman for Subway made a statement shortly after the raid, commenting on the end of their long business relationship.


“Subway and Jared Fogle have mutually agreed to suspend their relationship due to the current investigation,” said the Subway spokesman. “Jared continues to cooperate with authorities, and he expects no action to be forthcoming. Both Jared and Subway agree that this was the appropriate step to take.”


If Fogle is being cooperative and nothing incriminating has been found, why is it that Fogle fell under suspicion for child pornography in the first place? In May, the executive director of the Jared Foundation, Russell Taylor, was charged with the production of child pornography.



Jared and Taylor


This originally drew some suspicion towards Fogle, the charity’s founder. However, the authorities had already questioned him on the incident.


After news of Taylor’s arrest was made public, an anonymous woman went to the FBI with claims that Fogle had said inappropriate things about underage girls to her in the past. She told Florida ABC affiliate WWSB that the Subway spokesman would tell her many times that “middle school girls are hot.”


Fogle’s attorney, Ron Elberger, has stated that the anonymous woman’s story is “a fabrication that lacks credibility.” The FBI had her wear a wire to record her conversations with Fogle. It’s unknown whether or not he said anything incriminating while being recorded.


Even if the former Subway spokesman isn’t brought up on charges, it’s unlikely that he will regain his professional relationship with the company. These are serious claims being made against Fogl, and sometimes parting ways is the best PR move to make in order to maintain a company’s image.


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