Gilbert Gottfried fired by Aflac for posting Japan earthquake jokes on Twitter

By on Mar 15, 2011 in Asia, Hollywood, United States Comments

Update: March 16, 2011 5:51 a.m.

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Comedian Gilbert Gottfried was fired by Aflac from his gig, after posting about a dozen Japan earthquake jokes on Twitter on Sunday, March 13, 2011.

Gilbert Gottfried 2010 file photo
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Gottfried, 56, an American stand-up comedian, was fired from his job as a voice for the iconic Aflac duck, according to TMZ on Monday, March 14, in which a screenshot of some of his Japan earthquake jokes can be seen below.

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,” Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer Michael Zuna was quoted as saying in released statement.

“There is no place for anything but compassion and concern during these difficult times. Aflac will immediately set plans in motion to conduct a nationwide casting call to find a new voice of the iconic Aflac Duck.” The statement added.

Gottfried’s Aflac duck voice was used by the company’s commercials since 2000, as Aflac said it has plans to donate about $100 million to Japan, where it has around 75% of its business.

Apparently, Gilbert Gottfried @RealGilbert was said to be have tweeted around 12 jokes about the recent Japan earthquake and tsunami where around 3,000 casualties have been reported died and is still counting.

Japan is really advanced. They don’t go to the beach. The beach comes to them.” @RealGilbert tweets.

“I just split up with my girlfriend, but like the Japanese say, ‘They’ll be another one floating by any minute now.” Gilbert Gottfried tweets, which he later removed along with all of his Japan earthquake jokes.

Gilbert Gottfried Japan earthquake jokes on Twitter
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