Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Gilbert Gottfried...You're Fired!

Say goodbye to comedian Gilbert Gottfried as the voice of the Aflac Duck. The company has fired him for insensitive remarks he tweeted about Japan after the major earthquake and tsunami. Gottfried tweeted: "Japan is really advanced. They don't go to the beach. The beach comes to them." He also posted: "I just split up with my girlfriend, but like the Japanese say, 'They'll be another one floating by any minute now." Pretty funny stuff, but Aflac sure doesn’t think so…

"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 Chief Marketing Officer Michael Zuna said in a statement. "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."

Columbus, Ga.-based Aflac said it will start a nationwide casting call to find a new voice for Aflac Duck. We’d like to recommend Chet from Kickbacks, he sounds just like a duck after around 11PM every night.

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