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Howard Stern

Aflac Had 'No Reason'

to Fire Gilbert

3/15/2011 2:35 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Howard Stern is lashing out at Aflac for firing Gilbert Gottfried -- the voice behind their famous duck mascot -- claiming the comic's tasteless Japanese tsunami jokes were just Gilbert being Gilbert.

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It all went down on the "Howard Stern Show" this morning -- Howard blasted Aflac for dumping Gilbert yesterday over the tasteless jokes he posted on Twitter ... claiming they knew what they were signing up for when they hired him ... because offensive jokes are kinda' Gilbert's thing.

The man's got a point.

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