Gilbert Gottfried loses Aflac gig after earthquake tweets

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Gilbert Gottfried canned as Aflac Duck after insensitive Japanese
earthquake tweets
by Kate Ward

Ack! Gilbert Gottfried’s Aflac duck is no more: After the actor
tweeted a series of insensitive jokes following the earthquake and
tsunami in Japan, the insurance company announced it was parting ways
with the actor, who famously voices the Aflac duck in the popular
commercials. “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.’”

But don’t expect the duck itself to waddle away from your TV screens.
Aflac — who noted that it has donated 100 million yen to the Red Cross
following the disaster — also announced it would be conducting a
nationwide casting call to find the next voice for the Aflac duck.
(Gottfried’s reps have yet to comment on his firing.)
I kinda figured that it was too soon to make Earthquake jokes. But hey, if 
the pros are doing it, I might as well try one:

I heard on the news that the earthquake in Japan was so strong that it 
actually changed the tilt/rotation of the Earth.  I can believe it as I 
noticed the change here, too, as it was still dark outside when the alarm 
went off this morning.

I know he has lots of money, but I still having trouble believing that he 
has/had a girlfriend.
If he's anything like Dave Chappelle, his stage persona is totally
separate from his private life.
He would still have to overcome his looks and his (even toned down) still 
annoying voice.
His real voice sounds normal, though I don't know if he's capable of
not looking shifty-eyed.

I'd picture his girlfriend as the actress who plays Wolowitz's mother
on TBBT, Carol Ann Susi.  Could you imagine those two voices together,
say having an argument?
I gotta tell ya, if the number three reactor melts down, I'm gonna have a 
"number two" meltdown!

Thank you; I'll be here all week.
Guys, guys, don't use up your best material here. Try to find Jay
Leno's fax number.
Heh, better than most of his jokes.
...And to such acclaim!
On behalf of the great state of Arizona, allow me to say "I don't get 
it"   :)

Pauley Shore is that one that I'm amazed has a girlfriend.  Or even a 
If you are lucky, you never will.

Moreso than Gilbert Godfried?  Carrot Top?
Yes, absolutely.  I read an interview once with either GG or Sam Kineson 
... they asked who would be worse to be stuck next to on a plane, and 
the answer was Pauley, because the other guys knew how to leave the act 
at the stage door, but "Pauley ... Pauley is ... different"