Gilbert Gottfried finally apologized on Tuesday for his rude Tweets about the Japanese earthquake and tsunami. The comedian was fired as the voice of insurer Aflac, after he tweeted tasteless jokes over the weekend on Twitter. Tuesday Gilbert Gottfried apologized in a statement saying:
“I sincerely apologize to anyone who was offended by my attempt at humor regarding the tragedy in Japan. I meant no disrespect, and my thoughts are with the victims and their families.”
Gilbert Gottfried was the voice of the duck in Aflac’s popular TV ads since 2000, using his abrasive voice to quack about Aflac. The comedian’s mean-spirited Tweets about the earthquake and tsunami in Japan resulted in a swift negative reaction on Twitter over the weekend but the real fallout came Monday when Aflac fired Gottfried.
The latest death toll for the Japanese disaster sits at 3,000 which doesn’t SEEM very funny to me. I guess Aflac didn’t think so either.
A few of the tweets that cost Gottfried his job with Aflac included:
“I just split up with my girlfriend, but like the Japanese say, ‘They’ll be another one floating by any minute now.’”
“Japan is really advanced. They don’t go to the beach. The beach comes to them.”
“Japan called me. They said “maybe those jokes are a hit in the US, but over here, they’re all sinking.”