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Aflac fires Gilbert Gottfried after he jokes about Japan's earthquake, tsunami

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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.

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Aflac fires Gilbert Gottfried after he jokes about Japan's earthquake, tsunami 03/15/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, March 15, 2011 10:56pm]
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