Gottfried jokes about Japan, is fired by Aflac
Aflac Inc. has fired Gilbert Gottfried, the abrasive voice of the insurer's quacking duck in the United States, after the comedian posted a string of mocking jokes about the earthquake and tsunami in Japan on Twitter over the weekend. The tweets — far too tasteless to reprint here — are particularly problematic for Aflac because it does 75 percent of its business in Japan. The tweets in question have since been removed. Gottfried returned to Twitter on Tuesday to apologize. "I sincerely apologize to anyone who was offended by my attempt at humor regarding the tragedy in Japan," Gilbert tweeted. The comic had at least one defender: Joan Rivers, who tweeted: "Oh come on people—this is just outrageous! … That's what comedians do!!! We react to tragedy by making jokes to help people in tough times feel better through laughter." Gottfried has gone dark before with his humor. During a roast of Hugh Heffner, held just three weeks after Sept. 11, 2001, Gottfried tried out jokes about the terrorist attack, drawing boos from the audience.
Bachelor, fiancee break up for good
Fans of The Bachelor were apparently shocked by Brad Womack's admission after Monday night's finale that he and fiancee Emily Maynard had broken up but still wanted to make things work. Well, forget all that because they've apparently called it quits for good. What, you thought getting engaged on a reality show would actually work out?
Cox talks about her split from Arquette
Now that Cougar Town has been renewed, Courteney Cox opened up to Harper's Bazaar about her split from David Arquette. "The thing is, when you get older, it's more about compatibility than it is about love," the 46-year-old says. "… I want to change a lot. I want to live not outside but inside. It's nothing with David; it's just what I'm searching for."