Gilbert Gottfried Fired As Voice Of Aflac Duck Over Japan Jokes

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CNN reports:

The Aflac duck lost its voice Monday after the insurance giant fired the comedian behind the commercial quack for tweeting jokes about the earthquake and tsunami that has devastated Japan.

The Columbus, Georgia-based company fired Gilbert Gottfried less than an hour after discovering the tweets, according to a news release from Aflac.

“Gilbert’s recent comments about the crisis in Japan were lacking in humor and certainly do not represent the thoughts and feelings of anyone at Aflac,” Michael Zunda, the company’s senior vice president and chief marketing officer, said in a statement.

So far, the earthquake and tsunami have left more than 2,400 people dead, and thousands more in shelters or missing. Most of the tweets attributed to Gottfried make light of the natural disaster in either a flippant or sexual manner.

The tweets include this, posted at 12:33 p.m. Saturday: “Japan called me. They said ‘maybe those jokes are a hit in the U.S., but over here, they’re all sinking.'”

Another tweet, posted at 11:06 a.m. the same day, said: “I was talking to my Japanese real estate agent. I said ‘is there a school in this area.’ She said ‘not now, but just wait.'”

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22 Comments on "Gilbert Gottfried Fired As Voice Of Aflac Duck Over Japan Jokes"

  1. Bud Bundy | Mar 16, 2011 at 6:04 am |

    Thats rather benign really. Or at least it would be were in told in private, but in the public eye.. not so much.

  2. Bud Bundy | Mar 16, 2011 at 2:04 am |

    Thats rather benign really. Or at least it would be were in told in private, but in the public eye.. not so much.

  3. Untitled-01 | Mar 16, 2011 at 7:10 am |

    I love Japan and I feel horrible about what’s happening there but I have to admit that is kinda funny.

  4. Untitled-01 | Mar 16, 2011 at 3:10 am |

    I love Japan and I feel horrible about what’s happening there but I have to admit that is kinda funny.

  5. Bobbiethejean | Mar 16, 2011 at 12:34 pm |

    That was funny. But on the other hand, too soon. He should have waited at least until the crisis is over.

  6. Bobbiethejean | Mar 16, 2011 at 8:34 am |

    That was funny. But on the other hand, too soon. He should have waited at least until the crisis is over.

  7. chinagreenelvis | Mar 16, 2011 at 1:49 pm |

    Unfortunately, distancing themselves from Godfrey won’t make a difference because nobody gives a shit about Aflac.

  8. chinagreenelvis | Mar 16, 2011 at 9:49 am |

    Unfortunately, distancing themselves from Godfrey won’t make a difference because nobody gives a shit about Aflac.

  9. DeepCough | Mar 16, 2011 at 3:40 pm |

    At least he didn’t bring up Pearl Harbor like those other people did.

  10. DeepCough | Mar 16, 2011 at 11:40 am |

    At least he didn’t bring up Pearl Harbor like those other people did.

  11. Rex Vestri | Mar 16, 2011 at 3:51 pm |

    Funny jokes. Aflac is severely over-reacting. Everyone is always trying to be way too ‘politically correct’ these days.

  12. Rex Vestri | Mar 16, 2011 at 11:51 am |

    Funny jokes. Aflac is severely over-reacting. Everyone is always trying to be way too ‘politically correct’ these days.

  13. Anonymous | Mar 16, 2011 at 4:33 pm |

    They’re just pissed about all the claims they’ll have to pay because of the earthquake….

  14. GoodDoktorBad | Mar 16, 2011 at 12:33 pm |

    They’re just pissed about all the claims they’ll have to pay because of the earthquake….

  15. Anonymous | Mar 16, 2011 at 6:02 pm |

    Dear gods, Gottfried has never been funny, even for a moment. I’d be glad to not watch him sink back into obscurity.

  16. Dear gods, Gottfried has never been funny, even for a moment. I’d be glad to not watch him sink back into obscurity.

  17. justagirl | Mar 17, 2011 at 2:25 pm |

    what a shame. do you know how long it will take to find someone who can impersonate gottfried’s voice? like… a day. will these beastly commercials ever cease!?!!

  18. justagirl | Mar 17, 2011 at 10:25 am |

    what a shame. do you know how long it will take to find someone who can impersonate gottfried’s voice? like… a day. will these beastly commercials ever cease!?!!

  19. lol idk if you’re trolling or really dumb.

  20. Rex Vestri | Mar 19, 2011 at 4:52 pm |

    I guess that makes *you* the dumb one then.

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