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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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91.

jim    

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!!!

Posted at 3:51 PM on Mar 14, 2011 by Bea Chinchilla

Sorry,

to little to late.


Thanks to all who contacted the media and Aflac. It shows that one voice STILL makes a difference.

TMZ...where little minds make one.

1286 days ago
92.

iamfilmmaker    

50 cent is worst but his black and said it about white people I quess if or black you get to be a ahole

1286 days ago
93.

yo    

Gilbert has #sharkblood and is a Mossad Silent Assassin from Uranus! He will lead us to right these unconscionable wrongs because he has lots of #wins every day with his porn star assistants!

1286 days ago
94.

avlisk    

Aflac is just a bunch of Aristocrats.

1286 days ago
95.

Damon    

I forgot he was the voice of the duck until they fired him!

He has said more offensive things in the past: why are they firing him now?

Probably time for a raise...this is just an easy way to get rid of him and hire some schmuck who'll take whatever they offer!

1286 days ago
96.

Scudrunner51    

I agree with #12....Where is it?!....It isn't! There is NO Freedom of Speech anymore! Start worrying folks!

1286 days ago
97.

Home Skillet    

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!!!

Posted at 3:51 PM on Mar 14, 2011 by Bea Chinchilla
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Are you high? And, when is hiding behind the First Amendment to incite hurt, pain and disgust going to go out of fashion? Gottfried is not better than the Westboro Baptist Church. I applaud Aflac for taking appropriate action.

1286 days ago
98.

If sense were common everyone would have it.    

Good. That was an incredibly stupid move for someone who hasn't been relevant since the '80s.

In other '80s has-been news, sean penn suc***bed to a stroke when he found out he was no longer center of attention in the world of natural disasters.

1286 days ago
99.

Anony Moose    

@iamfilmmaker

Uh, Japanese aren't "white people" you retard.

1286 days ago
100.

RonBurgundy    

A waitress walks up to the table of three Japanese men at a New York City restaurant. When she gets to the table, the waitress notices that the 3 men are furiously masturbating!
She asks, "What the hell are you perverts doing?", to which one of the men replied, "We all berry hungry"!

She responds, "But why are you whacking off?" One of the three says, "Because menu say `first come, first served!"

...I know, I'm fired!

1286 days ago
101.

Tammy    

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.

Posted at 3:43 PM on Mar 14, 2011 by Tammy

Again, huh...you haven't a clue. this isn't about Gilbert's identity (no one gives a rats AZZ about him), dumb AZZ, it's about the company's identity, which is indeed 'tied up' with the marketing of the duck A-F-L-A-C, the voice of which is GottFired. It would be the same if the company hired/outsourced their advertising - marketing to an agency - firm and that agency/firm made a pathetic distasteful comment, they'd cut ties with that company. Aflac has been all over the news releasing statements about their Japanese affiliation(s) and their efforts to help with donations, their concerns, etc..

You're just dumb. I have no comment about your V, glad to hear your like the .1% of this entire world who doesn't find this offensive. But, that's about YOU!

Posted at 4:03 PM on Mar 14, 2011 by katie10

I did NOT say AFLAC didn't have a right to fire Gilbert, I said they shouldn't have. Furthermore, it's telling about you that you find it necessray to resort to calling me names because we differ in opinion/belief, when I was very polite in my responses to you. Of course, given the tone of the very first post, I don't find your inability to communictae without vulgarity surprising.

1286 days ago
102.

SUSIEQ    

only the gov't has to honor the first ammendment....not your boss.

1286 days ago
103.

francis dec    

the aristocrats indeed

1286 days ago
104.

mannequin    

And in that very short amount of time, he made the decision to risk the scorn; for one more laugh from the crowd.

1286 days ago
105.

Mrs. Mathers    

Jus cuz there is freedom of speech dont mean u shouldnt b fired, he represents the company n he should have thought about that b4 he was so tasteless in postin those jokes...but seeing how ppl are lately somehow hell become an instant success like charlie sheen for bein a disgusting idiot

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