Comedian Gilbert Gottfried, perhaps my favorite comedian of all time, has been fired from his gig as the voice of the Aflac duck because of a series of jokes he tweeted over the weekend about the disaster in Japan.
Gottfried has never been one to shy away from controversy. He's the comedian that other comedians look to for inspiration when they want to push the envelope. But it looks like the veteran insult comic may have pushed the envelope a little too far for the insurance company, whose global market includes Japan.
The company released a statement saying, "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 will immediately set plans in motion to conduct a nationwide casting call to find a new voice of the iconic Aflac Duck.""The Aristocrats" on YouTube. It's definitely not for everyone and totally NSFW.
If you ask me, it was only a matter of time before Gilbert's real personality got in the way of the squeaky clean Disney persona that he earned for his voice-over work in "Aladdin". He had a good run with Aflac, but honestly, the only surprise here is that it lasted as long as it did. They knew who he was when they hired him
Let's all pretend to be shocked and appalled for a few minutes, then move on.