The Taco Bell employee who went viral with a photo showing him licking a huge stack of taco shells has been fired.

In a statement Taco Bell said, "Our franchisee is responsible for the employment and conduct of his restaurant's employees and he has informed us that he immediately suspended the employee shown in the photo and is in the process of terminating his employment."

The photo actually dates back to March as part of a contest to show employees enjoying the new Cool Ranch Doritos-flavored taco shells, but the company said the photo went too far.

A user on Reddit posted what appeared to be a Snapchat image of the former employee on Monday that included the message, "Just got the call. I'm fired."