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Comedian, Gilbert Gottfried, fired as voice of Aflac duck

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – Aflac announced Monday afternoon that it has fired comedian Gilbert Gottfried as the voice of its icon.

"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," added Zuna.

Aflac told News Leader 9,  that plans are in motion to conduct a nationwide casting call for the new voice of the Aflac Duck.

Gottfried had been the voice of Aflac's icon for more than 10 years.

Friday, Aflac announced that it was donating 100 million yet to the International Red Cross for disaster assistance.

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