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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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Whitey    

I am glad they got rid of that jackass.he has no smarts

1128 days ago
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Steve    

Gilbert had to go ,very bad what he said damn jack ass talk

1128 days ago
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deedee    

I hear Charlie Sheen's available..lol!

1128 days ago
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mary    

Its about time! Maybe, TMZ will be next! The are worse then all those "rag" sheets in the supermarket. They should also apology for airing the comments. Tmz is very insensitive about this. I gues if and earthqake happened in Californis, they would not make these jokes! Pray for all the people in Japan. And TMZ how about a donation? Every other American has.

1128 days ago
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1866Umidget    

almost as bad as calling dwarf talent "little people," midgets!

1128 days ago
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Lovely Rita    

AFLAC derives, what - two thirds of their income from insureds in Japan? WFT do you think they were going to do - ignore his callous tweets? Gottfried deserved to be fired. What a f**king idiot. On a personal level, there is nothing funny about the horror Japan is suffering.

1128 days ago
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janet    

He screwed up a great gig. These people know full well they pull crap like this they get fired in a heartbeat. I never found him funny at all. Obnoxious not funny.

1128 days ago
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NICOLE    

People misunderstand the word comedian.

He is not a comedian. He is a jerk.

1128 days ago
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jim    

Its about time! Maybe, TMZ will be next!

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TMZ Cares.......???

1128 days ago
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Joao    

The man is not funny... just another disgusting Jew being irreverent. bet he won't take a jab at the HOLOCAUST....

...that's different

1128 days ago
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Heidi Vanderhoeven    

Af-Sacked! lol

1128 days ago
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Joao    

The man is not funny... just another disgusting Jew being irreverent. bet he won't take a jab at the HOLOCAUST....

...that's different

1128 days ago
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siennagold    

Good for aflac! The jerk Gottfired deserved the boot! Now that was a good laugh!!! HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

1128 days ago
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Rude Boy    

“Freedom of Speech” and too much “political correctness”…???

I haven’t heard this much crying about irrelevant matter since the clown got cancelled for my nephew’s fifth birthday party.

It’s about compassion, not Political Correctness. You wanna be edgy, go right ahead. You wanna play with fire, guess what happens? Don’t expect a free pass just because you want to go for vulgarity and shock value. Nobody owes him or anyone that.

The only way Gottfried’s Freedom of Speech rights would’ve been violated is if he had gotten arrested for his comments. The First Amendment does NOT guarantee employment. He had every right to make his jokes and AFLAC, as a private business enterprise, had every right to fire his ass.

Freedom of Speech has a responsibility that comes with it.

1128 days ago
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joesamaggot    

SUCH CRAP! He is comic! should he sit and cry? They were funny jokes! Maybe he could have waited a week...but he didnt deserve to get fired over it and Aflec made themselves look bad!!!

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