Gilbert Gottfried Fired As The Voice Of The Aflac Duck For Insensitive Japan Tweets
Gilbert Gottfried, the comedian whose unique voice has been featured in Aflac insurance commercials for some time now, has been relieved of his duck voicing duties following a string of controversial Tweets about the recent string of disasters in Japan… a country which happens to be the company’s most important market.
Gottfried, a long-time comedian and frequent guest at celebrity roasts, made several jokes about Japan, which have since been deleted from his Feed (although he also seems to be dealing with the aftermath of a joke about fellow comedian Bob Saget.) They included a dozen or so jokes like “Japan is really advanced. They don’t go to the beach. The beach comes to them.” and “I just split up with my girlfriend, but like the Japanese say, ‘They’ll be another one floating by any minute now.'”
The company also released a statement expressing its disappointment in Gottfried’s Tweets:
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. Aflac Japan — and, by extension, Japan itself — is part of the Aflac family, and there is no place for anything but compassion and concern during these difficult times.
Aflac will hold a casting call to find a replacement voice.
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