Comedian Gilbert Gottfried apologized on Tuesday for a series of jokes made on Twitter about the Japanese earthquake and tsunami, comments which got him fired as the voice of insurer Aflac.[Previous TGIS]
"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," Gottfried said in a statement.
Since 2000, the comedian had been the voice of the quacking duck in Aflac's commercials, shouting "Af-LAC!" at opportune moments.
But the company was quick to dismiss him after a dozen jokes made on his Twitter account last weekend, many of them crude and sexual riffs on the effects of the disaster.
18 March 2011
TGIS: Thank God It's Schadenfreude! (312)
This week's joy in the misfortune of others comes courtesy of Reuters (from Wednesday, March 16; link good at time of posting):