Gilbert Gottfried Fired as Voice of Aflac Duck. Reason Tied to Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami
EW.com's Inside TV blog; Chicago Sun-Times
Comic Gilbert Gottfried, who has often pushed the envelope with his humor, pushed too hard in recent days and has lost his job as the voice of the Aflac duck, according to a number of media reports.
Wrote EW.com's Inside TV blog, " 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 Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer Michael Zuna said in a press release. '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.' One joke that Gottfried tweeted: 'I just split up with my girlfriend, but like the Japanese say, ‘They’ll be another one floating by any minute now.' "
According to the Chicago Sun-Times, two more of Gottfried's tweets were: “ 'I was talking to my Japanese real estate agent. I said, ‘Is there a school is this area?’ She said, ‘Not now, but just wait.’ And this: 'Japan is really advanced. They don’t go to the beach. The beach comes to them.' "
The Chicago Sun Times article said insurance company Aflac does 75% of its business in Japan.