Subway and Jared Fogle suspend relationship

Subway has suspended its relationship with spokesman Jared Fogle after it was revealed, earlier on Tuesday, that he is the subject of a child porn investigation.

A Subway spokesperson gave the following statement:

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

NBC affiliate WTHR broke the news early on Tuesday that the longtime Subway spokesman had been caught up in the investigation.

Early Tuesday, FBI agents raided his Zionsville, Indiana, home after obtaining a search warrant as part of the investigation. They also escorted Fogle, a longtime brand ambassador for the sandwich chain who once weighed 425 pounds and lost nearly 250 pounds with his own Subway diet.


In a statement, a Subway spokesman wrote to CNBC, "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 comes after the former executive director of the Jared Foundation was arrested for alleged charges including possession of child pornography, reported WTHR. Fogle started the foundation in 2006 to help eliminate child obesity.

Following the news, Subway redirected several URLs that displayed pages about Jared, including a timeline of his involvement with the company and a page about his foundation.

WTHR reports Fogle has been detained outside his home though he has not been placed under arrest. Agents also removed electronics from his home.

In an email, Fogle's Attorney Ron Elberger wrote, "Jared has been cooperating, and continues to cooperate, with law enforcement in their investigation of unspecified charges and looks forward to its conclusion. He has not been detained, arrested or charged with any crime or offense."

CNBC's call to Indiana State Police also was not immediately returned.

In a statement, the FBI said it "is conducting investigative activity in the area. We can not disclose the nature of the activity at this time."

In a 2014 interview with CNBC, Fogle said he traveled around 200 days per year with Subway globally as part of being an ambassador with the chain.

Subway is the largest restaurant chain by locations with more than 44,000 restaurants in 110 countries.

—CNBC's Reem Nasr contributed to this report.