Stern regular Gilbert Gottfried fired as Aflac Duck

Aflac Inc. has fired comedian Gilbert Gottfried, the voice of the Aflac Duck, for insensitive remarks he tweeted about Japan after the major earthquake and tsunami on March 11.

Gottfried tweeted: “Japan is really advanced. They don’t go to the beach. The beach comes to them.” He also posted: “I just split up with my girlfriend, but like the Japanese say, ‘They’ll be another one floating by any minute now.”

“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 Chief Marketing Officer Michael Zuna said in a statement. “Aflac Japan — and, by extension, Japan itself — is part of the Aflac family, and there is no place for anything but compassion and concern during these difficult times.”

4 comments

  1. I’m shocked it took them this long to fire him. He’s constantly making these kinds of remarks about disasters and such.

  2. Hey Josh….kill yourself!!! gilbert is a comedic genius and has always been this way…Britta was right, aflac new exactly what they were getting when they hired him!!!

  3. You got it twisted, Joe. I love Gilbert; always have. But he’s said much worse on the Stern show over the years, so I’m surprised that it took this long for Aflac to let him go.

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