COLUMBUS, GA (WTOC) – Aflac announced Monday that comedian Gilbert Gottfried will no longer be the voice behind the insurance company's duck.
"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 in a statement. "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 plans to immediately get a nationwide casting call under way to find a new voice of the iconic Aflac Duck. Gottfried is not the voice of the Aflac Duck in Japan, according to a company news release.