Gottfried Fired By Insurance Company Over Japan Tweets

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March 14, 2011 | 10:15pm EST

Comedian Gilbert Gottfried has been axed as the voice behind one of the world’s biggest insurance company campaigns after he made a series of crude jokes about the Japanese earthquake and tsunami on
The Problem Child star has been the longtime voice of Aflac Inc.’s duck mascot, but after he made jokes about the disaster, which devastated Japan’s coastal towns on Friday, bosses at the insurance company have decided to cancel his contract.

A statement from an Aflac spokesperson reads, “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. There is no place for anything but compassion and concern during these difficult times.”

Aflac bosses are now holding a casting call to find a new voice for their duck mascot.