After making several horrible Japan Earthquake jokes via Twitter yesterday comedian Gilbert Gottfried has apologized for the jokes that cost him his spokesperson job with insurance company Aflac.
Gottfried had been with the company for 10 years before making jokes that included, “Japan is really advanced. They don’t go to the beach. The beach comes to them.”
Since 2000 Gottfried has voiced the Aflac Duck in more than 30 commercials.
After public criticism and the loss of his Aflac relationship Gottfried deleted the tweets. The jokes forced Aflac to release the following statement:
“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,” while adding, “There is no place for anything but compassion and concern during these difficult times.”