ER was once a well-loved spokesperson for Subway, bringing in nearly $2 million a year through his public speaking and film appearances.
But disgraced convicted pedophile Jared Fogle, who was jailed in 2015, has spoken out about his crimes behind bars and expressed regret for his “mistakes”.
In a series of letters written by Colorado’s Federal Correctional Institution, where he is serving a 15-year sentence, the former Fast Food announcer reflects on all the people he’s let down.
The Indianapolis-born Fogle, now 45, rose to national fame in 1999 after an article claimed he had lost 245 pounds on a diet of Subway sandwiches.
His story was picked up by Men’s Health magazine, which featured it in an article titled “Stupid Diets… That Work.”
The father-of-two said his weight dropped from 425 pounds after he started exercising and swapped his 10,000-calorie diet for a diet consisting entirely of Subway groceries.
Soon, a Chicago subway franchise heard about Fogle’s story and began running regional television ads with him as the voice artist.
He quickly rose to stardom and was booked for sponsored in-store appearances across the US, where he was a hit with Subway fans.
Fogle even had a South Park episode dedicated to him in 2002, and over the next decade he continued to build his profile.
By 2013, he had directed more than 300 commercials and was performing and speaking for the fast-food giant nationwide.
He has also made several cameos in films and TV shows, including Adam Sandler’s comedy Jack and Jill, the sitcom Community, and two sequels in the Sharknado comedy-disaster film series.
But Fogle’s empire collapsed after FBI agents raided his home on July 7, 2015.
The FBI targeted Fogle after arresting Jared Foundation director Russell Taylor for child exploitation, possession of child sexually explicit material and voyeurism.
Subway severed all ties with her former figurehead and he was sentenced to 15 years and eight months in prison for paying for sex with an underage girl and possession of child abuse material.
In January last year, Fogle spoke out about his crimes behind bars for the first time in a series of leaked letters.
I really screwed up like royalty to get where I am
Fogle wrote to an unknown recipient that he constantly thinks of those he has let down, “especially my family.”
He continued, “I really screwed up royally to get where I am. I was selfish and entitled.”
In the letter, dated November 7, 2021, Fogle also boasted that he is in the best shape of his life while in prison.
“I run four to five miles every day and I’m the healthiest and fittest I’ve ever been,” he wrote.
“We don’t have much control over our daily life in prison, but training is one of the things I can control.
“I’m currently 180 pounds. I try to avoid too much junk food. I snack on granola bars and protein bars. I feel really good physically and mentally.”
But he admitted to missing certain “little things” of outdoor life, like “walking barefoot on carpets, sleeping on a nice, comfortable mattress, eating with real silverware, having access to a microwave.”
He added: “All I can do is learn from my mistakes to be a better man when I’m released in a few years. I am really looking forward to starting my life over and enjoying every moment with my family who have stood by and supported me. I’m so lucky to have her.”
Fogle remains in prison until March 24, 2029 at the earliest.
After his release, he must register as a sex offender.
It’s a staggering fall from grace for Fogle, who was worth between $10 million and $15 million at his peak and made about $2 million a year as a speaker and motivational speaker.
He claimed to have lost an amazing 245 pounds after starting exercising and a new Subway Diet.
Fogle ate a small turkey sub, a large vegetable sub, baked potato chips, and a diet soda, totaling about 2,000 calories.
He reveled in his newfound fame, describing a South Park parody of his as “very flattering.”
In 2004 he founded the Jared Foundation, an organization dedicated to raising awareness about childhood obesity.
He also starred in Subway’s “Tour de Pants” campaign in February 2008, which celebrated ten years of weight loss.
But the foundation fell apart when director Russell Taylor was arrested on April 29, 2015 at his Indianapolis home on child molestation charges.
He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 27 years in prison.
In August 2015, USA Today reported that the Jared Foundation had not made any grants or funds tied to its stated purpose, and that most of the $73,000 spent each year went towards paying salary of their manager was used.
Concerns about Fogle’s behavior were raised after a journalist in Sarasota, Florida, told police in 2007 about lewd comments he had made to her about middle school-age girls.
While investigating Russell Taylor, the FBI discovered that he had trafficked sexually explicit material from children as young as six with Fogle.
It was also discovered that in messages to a woman with whom he was in a relationship, he had alleged that he had sexually abused children between the ages of nine and 16.
He even asked her to arrange sex for him with her then 16-year-old cousin.
ID will air a three-part documentary on March 6th about the rise and fall of Fogle and will include interviews with his original accuser, Rochelle Herman.
The series, titled Jared From Subway: Catching A Monster, will air in full on March 6 at 9 ET/PT and is also available to stream on Discovery+.
https://www.the-sun.com/news/7559669/jared-fogle-subway-prison-letters-family/ Inside Jared Fogle’s life in prison, as prison letters reveal the ex-Subway announcer regrets his ‘mistakes’