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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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166.

Kim    

AFLAC HAS DEMONSTRATED EXEMPLARY ACTION IN RESPONSE TO THIS ASININE AND HEARTLESS IDIOT. WTF IS THE MATTER WITH GOTTFRIED?

1235 days ago
167.

jim    

Ball`s has no Ball`s

Oh my.

TMZ....small minds round the square table.

1235 days ago
168.

Bob    

Dear Gilbert,

I made it real simple for you. I sent an email to JLesh.

He now has ALL my contact info...

Bob

1235 days ago
169.

Sammie    

Tasteless and heartless, yes, but worth firing over? Naw. If I didn't read these pages, I wouldn't even know about it.

1235 days ago
170.

Notaparazzzi    

Attempts to reach Gottfried were not successful ... because he is a hurtful coward.

I hope his career tanks more than it already has

1235 days ago
171.

Notaparazzzi    

"If I didn't read these pages, I wouldn't even know about it."

That's okay ... I have not even begun to cause noise about this.

1235 days ago
172.

GetSomeHumor    

His jokes were mild. He's a comedian. Freedom of speech. Why would we support actions that scare people away from making a harmless joke on a "tweet"? Humor in the face of sadness and disaster is OK. What people should be taking seriously is the narrowing confines of what is allowed to be spoken aloud in this free country.

1235 days ago
173.

Jasonsal    

What about 50 cents comments. Or is it because he is a bigger star then gilbert.

1235 days ago
174.

Kabala    

It seems like he was going out of his way to joke about a disaster of epic proportions, which isn't very cool. However I must say they were funny. I think they're overreacting a bit.
But nowadays everybody has to apologize for something.

1235 days ago
175.

tlcmk    

When are comedians going to realize that "edgy" is not funny. Never has been.

1235 days ago
176.

Puckett    

haha, FINALLY something funny involving Gilbert Gottfried. I didn't think that was possible.

1235 days ago
177.

BB Jones    

Everyone is allowed the exercise of free speech. What I particularly like about it is that everyone has the opportunity to make f'n fools of themselves. This obnoxious a-hole is no exception.

1235 days ago
178.

Scott    

Those weren't tweets, they were quacks!

1235 days ago
179.

Truth    

GG has worked for Aflac for 11 years and THIS is what gets him in trouble?

Where was Aflac until now? They knew his comedy. What wimps.

1235 days ago
180.

RonBurgundy    

What's the least popular detergent in Japan?

Tide

1235 days ago
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