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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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Not funny. Comedian or not. It's over the line and he deserves what he gets.

He's an idiot anyway. A professional would not have to be offensive to be funny. It backfired on him, as it should have.

1289 days ago


Most of the comedians think that saying degrading, hurtful, hateful things are funny. Even the sitcoms say hurtful, hateful things to each other and people think it is funny. There is only one great and I mean GREAT comedian and that is Bill Cosby.He can keep you in stitches for two hours and not say one cuse word or one hurtful thing. I'm glad he was fired. More should get fired.


Posted at 5:06 PM on Mar 14, 2011 by kelly

Hi Kelly, very well stated.

1289 days ago

annabelle k    

dudes a prick for saying all that stuff, joking or not.
karma will be paying him a visit eventually...

1289 days ago

dan m    

They fired the Ass that imitated a Duck. Good.

1289 days ago


What happened TMZ??? You killed the game of checkers I was playing with with Gilbert??

Now you want to protect him by killing all the posts???

Let him put his money where his mouth is/was....


1289 days ago

Ball`s has no Ball`s    

Perhaps no action in American military history has been so thoroughly do***ented, examined, and dissected as the Pearl Harbor attack. Investigation has followed investigation; a host of books have been written on the subject, all in an effort to pin down the responsibility in the welter of charge and countercharge. The issue of what individuals or set of cir***stances, if any, should bear the blame for the success of the Japanese raid has not been, and may never be finally decided. On one point, however, there has been unanimous agreement--that the courage of the vast majority of defending troops was of a high order.

The first inkling of the Japanese attack came not from the air, but from the sea. At 0637 on 7 December, more than an hour before any enemy planes were sighted, an American patrol bomber and the destroyer Ward attacked and sank an unidentified submarine in the restricted waters close to the entrance to Pearl Harbor.2 This vessel was one of five Japanese two-man submarines which had the extremely risky mission of penetrating the Pacific Fleet's stronghold. The midgets were transported to the target on board large long-range submarines, part of an undersea scouting and screening force which had fanned out ahead of the enemy carriers. Not one of the midget raiders achieved any success; four were sunk and one ran aground.

The Japanese attack schedule allowed the Americans little time to evaluate the significance of the submarine sighting. The first enemy strike group was airborne and winging its way toward Oahu before the Ward fired its initial spread of depth charges. The Japanese carrier force had turned in the night and steamed full ahead for its target, launching the first plane at 060...0 when the ships were approximately 200 miles north of Pearl Harbor. A second strike group took off at 0745 when the carriers had reached a position 30 miles closer to the American base. Although a radar set on the island picked up the approaching planes in time to give warning, the report of the sighting was believed an error and disregarded, and the Japanese fighters and bombers appeared unannounced over their objectives.

The enemy plan of attack was simple. Dive bombers and fighter planes!!!! **** japan

1289 days ago


The joke may have been funny, but the timing was a little off. Try again in a few years.

1289 days ago


Obviously Gilbert Gottfried is doing the same drugs as Charlie Sheen, with both of them having lost their minds! Good on `ya Aflac for cutting the un-funny man loose! I have a great sense of humor and found nothing funny about his comments about Japan's tragedy. An entire village is missing along with 4 commuter trains! Grow up man!

1289 days ago

Ray Dio    

Firing Gilbert Gottfried for telling tasteless jokes is like firing a duck for quacking or for getting its feet wet or for flying! It's what he does!! It's what he's known for! AFLAC, as a collective entity you're a moron.

1289 days ago

charles johnson    

Japan never apologized for the Battan death march and the killing of thousands of American and Phillipine servicemen. So why should we care about them?

1289 days ago

Stand Up Fan    

I remember hearing Gottfried in an interview where he said he was living in fear that he'd be fired from Aflac once they realized that they could replace him with a real duck. Well, as of today, Aflac is looking for a real duck.

1289 days ago


I think the New Yorker magazine (and many others) has it covered on tasteless jokes and cartoons of the Japanese. enough to give Gilbert hours of material. the only thing was it was before his time. he wasn't even born yet. this was a time of war, and a time of a Japanese community called Hiroshima Prefecture.

And guess what we did to that community..

1289 days ago


#8 couldn't have said it any better. Yeah, thousands of humans died tragically and this include women and little children. LET'S LIGHTEN UP! It's just tragic deaths.

People who say that probably a failed comic or a wannabe comic. Sorry, shock humor is only funny if it's executed properly. This plain out sucked. The delivery and the punchline. You guys must have a ****ty sense of humor. Probably laugh at fart jokes too.

1289 days ago


his jokes were in poor taste but you can't tell people what to feel, think, or say. so what if you don't like his jokes. don't listen, watch, or read them.

1289 days ago


Our prayers and thoughts go out to Gilbert. :)

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