COLUMBUS, Ga.(PRNewswire) — Aflac announced March 14 that it has severed ties with comedian Gilbert Gottfried, who tweeted a series of jokes about the tsunami in Japan.
“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,” Aflac Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer Michael Zuna said. “Aflac Japan – and, by extension, Japan itself – is part of the Aflac family, and there is no place for anything but compassion and concern during these difficult times.”
Aflac will immediately set plans in motion to conduct a nationwide casting call to find a new voice of the iconic Aflac Duck. It should be noted that Gottfried, also the voice of Iago the parrot in Disney’s “Aladdin” movies, is not the voice of the Aflac Duck in Japan.
Last week Aflac announced that the company was donating 100 million yen to the International Red Cross for disaster assistance.