Gottfried Fired as Aflac Duck After Mocking Japan Earthquake

Aflac Inc. has severed ties with comic Gilbert Gottfried, the longtime voice of the insurer's duck mascot, after he made a series of crude jokes about the Japan earthquake and tsunami via Twitter.

"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," read a statement Monday. "There is no place for anything but compassion and concern during these difficult times."

A "nationwide casting call" is now underway to find a new voice for its duck.

Aflac, which does 75 percent of its business in Japan, also plans to donate $100 million to disaster relief.

Gottfried has yet to apologize for the jokes, which included: "I just split up with my girlfriend, but like the Japanese say, 'They'll be another one floating by any minute now.'"

The Hollywood Reporter