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Gilbert Gottfried Fired As Voice of Aflac Duck Over Japan Tsunami Jokes

by Catherine Lawson, posted Mar 15th 2011 9:25AM
Gilbrt GottfriedControversial comedian and actor Gilbert Gottfried has been fired from his longtime job as the voice of the Aflac Duck in TV commercials.

The insurance giant severed ties with Gottfried Monday after he Tweeted several crude jokes about the massive earthquake and tsunami that devastated parts of Japan last week.

In a statement, Aflac Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer Michael Zuna said, "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."

Zuna added that, "Aflac Japan -- and by extension Japan itself -- is part of the Aflac family. There is no place for anything but compassion and concern during these difficult times."

Gottfried has been the voice of the duck -- though not in Japan -- for over a decade. A nationwide casting call is now reportedly underway to find a replacement.

It's not the first time Gottfried has caused offence with his sense of humor. Three weeks after the September 11 attacks he was booed at a Friars Club roast of Hugh Hefner after he appeared to make light of the tragedy.

Gottfried's been a successful voice actor for years, landing roles in animated TV series like 'Fairly Odd Parents,' 'Cyberchase' and 'American Dad.' He's also a regular contributor to 'The Tonight Show With Jay Leno,' where he's portrayed various characters, including Noth Korean leader Kim Jong-Il and Liza Minnelli's ex-husband, David Gest.

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mommy.gene.666

Shortly after that whole Japan tsunami thingy, I went up to this oriental I work with & yelled, "TSUNAMI!!!! Run for your life!!!! It's gonna take out your entire village!!!!"

March 23 2011 at 6:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
JBob250

Gilbert gott fired?

sorry, i had to say it

March 15 2011 at 5:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
lp

"It's not the first time Gottfried has caused offence with his sense of humor. Three weeks after the September 11 attacks he was booed at a Friars Club roast of Hugh Hefner after he appeared to make light of the tragedy."

That's not quite true, is it

March 15 2011 at 12:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
TvTroz

Bummer... now he won't even have Aflac to pay his bills while he's out of work!

March 15 2011 at 11:42 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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