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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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76.

slammer    

Why did the moron tweet jokes about a tragedy?

Because he's a F@#%ing Moron.

1256 days ago
77.

Hot Blooded    

Sure, he's got every right to say whatever he wants, but only if he's willing to accept the consequences of it. Can't have your cake and eat it too, folks!

1256 days ago
78.

Tammy    

I didn't find the joke funny, but I also didn't find it offensive. Gilbert didn't make his jokes in his capacity as AFLAC's representative, so I think they were wrong to fire him.

Posted at 3:19 PM on Mar 14, 2011 by Tammy

Oh good grief, he is, by association, an Aflac representative, he's employed by them and is used to BRAND their product - their company, the company employs over 5,000 japanese people who have just lost everything they own, including each other. DUH! Business 101!

You're a woman (apparenlty, TAMMY) and you didn't find this offensive? WTF! We see/hear stories of a woman trying to hold on to her child, unable to sustain that hold and watching her child drowning right in front of her in the midst of the worst tsunami and earthquake ever. How can a woman, anyone, not be offended. PLEASE. But again, this is TMZ!

Posted at 3:25 PM on Mar 14, 2011 by katie10

Gilbert's VERY identity isn't tied up with being the AFLAC duck. It's what he does, not who he is He's a comedian first and foremost.

So, having a v*agina means that I should find this joke offensive? You seem to be tying me not finding the joke offensive to me not having any compassion for what's happehing in Japan, which would be wrong.

1256 days ago
79.

Scotty Groppo     

Jeez!!!!...he was a one word voice over...for a Duck...Not a presidential speech writer!!!! They never fired G.W.Bush for the crap that rolled off of his lips!!!!

1256 days ago
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Scotty Groppo     

Jeez...he was the one word voice of a duck....presidential speech writer!!! Some of the crap that came rolling off the lips of G.W.Bush should have gotten him thrown outta office...but, just goes to show where our priorities lie....

1256 days ago
81.

Blissfull    

PWM - re choice - yes - he had the choice to make those comments, AFLAC has the choice to fire him. If he wasn't taking money from them as a representative, it would be a moot point. If you want to say whatever you want, then don't take the money. You are right, people will also vote with their attention. AFLAC can vote with their paychecks.

1256 days ago
82.

suzy    

AFLAC should have known better. Gilbert's a nut job! I still laughed at the jokes though...

1256 days ago
83.

Bea Chinchilla    

PLEASE help us protest against AFLAC for firing Comedian Gilbert Gottfried. Contact Laura Kane at (706) 596-3493 or at Lkane@aflac.com and file your official complaint against AFLAC! Again, we must fight for freedom of speech. This is completely unfair - remember people that's what comedians do for a living they make us laugh and we should continue fighting for our freedom of speech!! Again, file your official complain against AFLAC by contacting Laura Kane at 706 596-3493 or by email at Lkane@aflac.com. THANK YOU!!! WINNING!!!

1256 days ago
84.

Chia    

Thank you Aflac.

Use some common sense Gman.

1256 days ago
85.

DizzKid    

Jews are untouched, because they owned everything, including Hollywood, lol!

1256 days ago
86.

yo    

HOW DARE YOU IMPLY THAT GILBERT BOTOXES HIS LIPS LIKE LINDSAY!

QUACK!

1256 days ago
87.

Davey Boy    

Don't think his "jokes" were the least bit funny, but c'mon. When I think of AFLAC, I don't think of Gilbert. To fire someone over a stupid joke is more stupid than the joke itself.

Maybe Lindsay can get the part. She looks like a freakin' duck these days.

1256 days ago
88.

kik    

What an obnoxious piece of crap he is. Gilbert and Penn Jillett's wife, emily jillette (they are good friends with gilbert), were posting racist, horrible comments about the Japanese people. When people called emily out on it, she basically told people to F off. She also called people "retarded" that were putting #prayforjapan as their twitter hash tag.

1256 days ago
89.

CriticAl    

Aflac should get rid of the stupid duck entirely. That sh*t is played out.

1256 days ago
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yo    

Actually, Gilbert makes lots of jokes about Jews, Hitler, and the Holocaust, too.

But AFLAC had every right to fire him as a spokesduck for insurance victims.

Gilbert can say whatever the fark he wants but an insurance company doesn't have to pay him for saying it.

1256 days ago
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