Skip to comments.Aflac dumps duck voice actor for tasteless tweets (Gilbert Gottfried gets his wings clipped)
Posted on 03/14/2011 3:00:13 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
COLUMBUS, Ga. Aflac has fired Gilbert Gottfried, the comedian who is the voice of the insurer's quacking duck in the U.S. Gottfried, who has voiced the duck in numerous commercials since 2000, posted a string of mocking jokes about the earthquake and tsunami in Japan on Twitter over the weekend.
"I just split up with my girlfriend, but like the Japanese say, 'They'll be another one floating by any minute now," he tweeted Saturday.
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(btw, isn't being a snarky rascal part of his 'gig'? making)
I’m amazed anyone pays attention to his “tweets.” How lame does your life have to be?
Wow, he seems like such a charmer. I’m surprised his girlfriend broke up with him
A good ending for the guy that was named the world’s most unsexy man.
I’m sorry..had they not seen any of his work ?
The funny thing is...it’s not like he’s never, ever, ever made a tasteless joke in his life before. They had to have known this.
[cue Mike McGlone]
“Could switching to Geico really save you 15% or more on car insurance?...Does Gil Gottfried have really bad impulse control?”
His tweets are in character ... or lack thereof.
Shut the duck up.
From the article:
Aflac Inc., which does 75 percent of its business in Japan...I had no idea that Aflac was so heavily involved in Japan.
never liked him. Shame on him for such insensitive comments. Well, he has to live with himself and better him than me. Some people have no respect, no class and no soul!!! Pity the fool.
Wow, small world, huh? That’s a sizeable chunk of folks.
The Lord only knows how many of their insured cars and trucks they watched get washed away.
Doesn’t matter. No company can have a rep or anyone associated with it make statements such as these and not can them.
You would think people would understand the import of twitter, facebook, etc. by now.
Very crude, unfunny and disrespectful. He compares well to Obama and his reaction to deaths of thousands and the crippling of a nation, one of our better allies. This a$$hat makes a stupid joke and Obama goes golfing.
Perhaps he’d be a good boyfriend for Pee Wee Herman.
Of course when you look at this moron, it’s possible to conclude that he might not have been joking.
We had the unfortunate chance of seeing this moron years ago at a comedy club. Before he was a famous azzclown, he opened for the headliner. He got all of about 5 or six laughs and started fighting verbally with some guy in the audience who said he sucked...he got booed off the stage.
His goose is cooked.
Listening to his voice makes my teeth itch.
I stumbled onto this atrocity this weekend when watching some comedy routines on YouTube. After watching this, I'm glad that he got fired. That is one sick human being.
I remember him as one of the cast members of the “new SNL” in 1980. I don’t remember him talking like he does now, with the “Aflac” voice. He must have found his schtick later, and it made him rich.
BTW, I just don’t get the “Aristocrats” joke. OK, I get that you tell as vile a story as possible, I get that it is designed to shock you with vulgarity, but I don’t understand the punchline “What’s the name of your act?” “The Aristocrats”. Supposedly it’s an OLD joke, but I don’t understand it.
Gilbert messed up. Everyone knows that ducks don’t Tweet, they Quack.
Voice actor. If you ever seen those O'Henry candy bar commercials in the 80s, it was him.
Also had a small role in "Beverly Hills Cop." Not sure if it was I or II.
Also was in Disney's Aladdin and is the voice of some PBS cartoon too.
I think he was also in Duckman.
"I just split up with my girlfriend, but like the Japanese say, 'They'll be another one floating by any minute now," he tweeted Saturday.Well, he's no Emo Phillips.
I didn’t get the joke either but I have no intention of listening to it again to see if I can figure it out. I’m ashamed that I listened to it the first time but after having to put up with that filth, I was hoping for a good punchline.