Gilbert Gottfried Fired! Aflac Looking For A New Duck!

March 14, 2011
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Comedian Gilbert Gottfried has lost his gig with Aflac after Tweeting inappropriate tweets about Japan. Find out what was said here!

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Man, celebs and twitter don’t exactly go, eh? They just seem to lose it in the moment and end up screwing themselves. Unless of course they are Charlie Sheen, and they recreate their career.

Anyway, Gilbert Tweeted the following tweets (and then some),

“Japan called me. They said ‘maybe those jokes are a hit in the U.S., but over here, they’re all sinking.”

AND:

“I was talking to my Japanese real estate agent. I said ‘is there a school in this area.’ She said ‘not now, but just wait.’”

Oh wait, there’s more:

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

The tweets were promptly removed, but it was too little, too late. What the duck was he thinking? Aflac quickly canned the comedian and they are now holding open casting calls for the new voice of their duck.

Aflac Senior Vice President Michael Zunda did a quick recon,

“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.”

Considering Aflac is the number one insurance agency in Japan, he royally screwed up, never mind it is just tasteless.

What I want to know is – why was there so much support and concern over Haiti, yet Japan is a big joke?

Other celebs have also made jokes, and I just find it disgusting. People died, lost everything, lost their families, had their lives turned upside down. Since when is that funny?

I don’t get the joke. I am glad that Gilbert was fired, and I am disappointed in those poking fun at a tragedy.

What do you think about the comments? Did Aflac make the right move?

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15 Responses to “Gilbert Gottfried Fired! Aflac Looking For A New Duck!”

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  1. 1
    BudG Says:

    Now just get rid of the stupid duck.

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    Bobby Says:

    My wife and I both work for Aflac. Aflac has tremendous ties with Japan; a lot of the company’s business is done there. I don’t understand how Gottfried could possibly find the human tragedy and suffering in Japan in any way funny… he deserved to be fired…

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    DDN1200 Says:

    Good for him for telling some jokes. Sometimes making fun of something is how some people cope with extreme events. Did his jokes hurt the people of Japan; hell no! And as far as jokes about a tragedy those are pretty light…For those of you applaud Aflac you can take your head out from your own behinds to realize that the only reason he was fired was because of Aflac’s business ties with Japan.

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    Chuck Koz Says:

    You SUCK,with out the duck who are you.

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    Bev Kleiner Says:

    This was tasteless, thoughtless and way too early for levity here. However, Gilbert should rate an opportunity to redeem himself, which doesn’t mean any one of us has to buy his comments but he does rate an open forum. Remember, that’s the core of how we work over here in America, remember? In answer to your question, I agree with firing him. If he had any remorse about screwing up he would have initiated the move to leave Aflac after humbling out with a big fat, sincere apology to all of the people in Japan. Then he should head over there to personally lend a hand and a chunk of his bank account.

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    Bev Kleiner Says:

    This was tasteless, thoughtless and way too early for levity here. However, Gilbert should rate an opportunity to redeem himself, which doesn’t mean any one of us has to buy his comments but he does rate an open forum. That’s the core of how we work over here in America, remember? In answer to your question, I agree with firing him. If he had any remorse about screwing up he would have initiated the move to leave Aflac after humbling out with a big fat, sincere apology to everyone in Japan. Then he should head over there to personally lend a hand and a chunk of his bank account.

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    kris s. Says:

    He’s a comedian he copes with life and makes a living through jokes. Wake up people get over yourselves. Leave him alone. Aflac will never get my business. And whoever made the fuss in the begining your an ass as well.

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    Gigi Says:

    For those of you who took pity on Gilbert; feel free to hire him. I’m sure he doesn’t mind to negotiate new terms with you. It’s sad how some people never realize where the limits are! The world is run by morons and supported by idiots anyway, so go and have your says. I supposed you found it funny as well when back then retards from other countries were laughing and making fun of 9-11. And please named few of your favorite domestic Corp. that doesn’t have ” Foreign Business Ties” elsewhere. Gosh, some of you really should get out more often.

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    J. Oberman Says:

    Violence comes from the mouth of a wicked person. Behold, even defenders speak wickedness.

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    PAT BS Says:

    Gilbert also famously told 9/11 jokes in september 2001. As Penn Jilette once said “Gilbert was a comic before 9/11 and he was one after. What was he to do?” Well he was a comic before the Japan tragedy and hes still a comic now.

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