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Gilbert Gottfried Fired for Tsunami Jokes

Aflac ditches comedian after tasteless tweets
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Suggested by NoMeansYes
Posted Mar 15, 2011 1:38 AM CDT
Updated Mar 15, 2011 4:00 AM CDT

(Newser) – Gilbert Gottfried has quacked his last for Aflac. The comedian, who has provided the grating voice for the insurance company's trademark duck, was fired for tweeting more than a dozen jokes making fun of earthquake and tsunami victims in Japan, Failure Magazine reports. Sample: "Japan is very advanced. They don’t go to the beach. The beach comes to them."

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"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," said a spokesman for the company, which does some 75% of its business in Japan. Aflac has donated 100 million yen—around $1.2 million—to the International Red Cross to help with disaster relief efforts in Japan. (Click to read more of Gottfried's offensive tweets.)

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