Voice behind the Aflac Duck fired after Japan tweets

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COLUMBUS, GA. (WSFA) - All the famous duck ever quacked was its corporate sponsor's name "Aflac!", but the man behind the bill just got his tail feathers pulled, permanently, for some 'fowl' commentary surrounding the disaster in Japan.

Comedian Gilbert Gottfried was fired Monday, according to the Aflac Insurance Company.

"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. "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."

Gottfried, known for his own flair for outrageous, sometimes crude comedy used his Twitter account to tweet joke upon joke making light of the disaster in Japan. One tweet: "My Japanese doctor advised me to stay healthy I need 50 million gallons of water a day."

The tweets were still on the comedian's Twitterfeed as of Monday afternoon, though the actor has not issued a statement regarding his dismissal.

The Aflac Duck won't be silent for long. A nationwide casting call to find a new voice is already underway. The insurance company plans to donate 100 million yen (approximately $1.2 million in U.S. currency) to the International Red Cross.

Gottfried has been the voice behind the duck since 2000.

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