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Gilbert Gottfried

Fired by Aflac

Over Japan Tweets

3/14/2011 6:55 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Gilbert Gottfried was fired by Aflac from his gig as the voice of its duck mascot in the wake of his controversial series of tweets about the earthquake in Japan.

Gilbert Gottfried Fired Aflac
The company released a statement saying, "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 will immediately set plans in motion to conduct a nationwide casting call to find a new voice of the iconic Aflac Duck."

Attempts to reach Gottfried were not successful.

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BREAKFAST    

What did they expect he is a comedian. He has done more offensive jokes and they never cared, SCREW AFLAC...

1129 days ago
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Bwahaha    

Couldn't have happened to a more irritating douche sack.

1129 days ago
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anon.    

The duck will never be the same:( LOL

1129 days ago
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john johnson    

both aflac and gilbert are idiots.

1129 days ago
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steve    

lol, has everyone forgot his 9/11 it was like the same day... people need to lighten up a little. jokes didn't kill anyone in japan.

1129 days ago
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jim    

Good. Now we need TMZ to remove the revolting "Jokes".

1129 days ago
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tracker    

AFLAC.THANK YOU VERY MUCH.YOU ARE SHOWING COMMON DESCENCY.AND MORALS.VERY SIMPLE REALLY.YET NOT COMMON AT ALL THESE DAYS........

1129 days ago
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aquanet    

Nothing is ever funny about thousands of people dying. People don't need to lighten up- some jackass' need to smarten up.

1129 days ago
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Where's KOOKY?    

I am doing a MAJOR happy dance here!

Gilbert GottFIRED (thanks to poster Jim for coming up with that gem!) is nothing more than an obnoxious, washed-up, irritating MORON whose "schtick" is gag-worthy. For those too young to remember him from SNL, just go to Wikipedia and read about his dismal 1980-81 season where he was barely used! Back then, he didn't do the squinty, screaming thing, thank God. I had NO idea he was the voice of the AFLAC duck until today, from reading this board.

I just sent AFLAC an email, congratulating them on their rapid response. There is NO place for this kind of crap, considering how utterly tragic the situation in Japan is. How anyone can even attempt a joke at a time like this is truly sub-human.

I admire this company for being so pro-active and making such a swift decision, instead of bumbling around like so many companies do when their spokespeople do stupid things! Way to go, AFLAC!!!

1129 days ago
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bobby smith    

FREEDOM OF SPEECH ???

1129 days ago
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mjl    

Y'know these would have flown if we were just outside of hiroshima after the war. but i forget we didn't exactly drop the tsunami on them now did we? and you cant exactly pull back on the ducks voice, its iconic. i don't think gilbert meant as much harm, after all hes just a comic writer and comedian. but to him these were just to easy or to good.

1129 days ago
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Barry Limbaugh    

Good. He went way ,way over the line. That was like cracking bad jokes about the victims of 9/11.

1129 days ago
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tracker    

TO JIM...YOU ARE SO RIGHT.I AM VERY SURPRISED HARVEY WOULD ALLOW THOSE NON-JOKES TO GET POSTED.SHAME ON YOU MR. LEVIN.......

1129 days ago
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There Goes My Show    

AFLAC are morons - they are killing off one of the best advertising icons in years - AFLAC is the one bringing bad light unto themselves not through Gilbert.

AFLAC - never had it, never will.

Tastless jokes yes, fireable offence, NOT

1129 days ago
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Angie    

Thank you Aflac.... I hope others that employ this idiot follow your lead. He needs to learn a thing or two about being compassionate and being a human being.

1129 days ago
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