R. Lee Ermey says he was fired for anti-Obama comments
Despite calling out Megadeth frontman Dave Mustain for a "ridiculous" rant about President Obama allegedly planning the mass shootings in Colorado and Wisconsin, longtime tough guy R. Lee Ermey says his distase for Obama got him fired from Geico commercials. Gunny got fired? There's a joke in there somewhere.
In December 2010, at a Toys for Tots event, of all places, Gunny said the Obama administration was "destroying the country" and "driving us into bankruptcy so that they can impose socialism on us." (You can watch that after the jump.) His further instructions that the people should "rise up and stop this administration" led him to write an apology on his website: "I regret that I delivered a monologue that was inappropriately critical of the President," he wrote. "I was trying to be entertaining and simply went too far in this instance."
Despite saying sorry, however, Geico didn't ask him back after that lone commercial (watch that one above). Gunny says it's because of his comments, telling a TMZ photographer it was tough not being a liberal in Hollywood. "If you're a conservative in this town, you better watch out," he said.
Geico told Fox News that was crazy talk, and that they had simply decided to move on to another campaign (if you'll note, none of the commercials with that weird Rod Serling-style guy repeat actors, anyway). Because really, how many people want Gunnery Sgt. Hartman shouting at them to buy car insurance?