Aflac Duck Finds New Voice
Dan McKeague of Minnesota replaces Gilbert Gottfried
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 27, 2011 9:36 AM CDT

(Newser) – After 11 years of being voiced by Gilbert Gottfried, the Aflac duck has a new man behind it: Dan McKeague, a radio ad sales manager from Minnesota. Gottfried was fired last month after making some ill-advised jokes about the Japan earthquake, and McKeague beat 12,500 people to replace the comedian, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. "It's just one word, but you have to give it meaning and emotion and make it sound surprising," McKeague explains of his technique. "I mean, that's what I was thinking of when I practiced in the car."