Comedian and press secretary lose jobs over jokes

Comedian Gilbert Gottfried is the latest to lose his job for making controversial tweets.

Comedian Gilbert Gottfried is the latest to lose his job for making controversial tweets.

Aflac announced yesterday that it severed ties with the comedian who is the voice of the Aflac Duck in its commercials.

"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 SVP and chief marketing officer Michael Zuna said in a press release. "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."

Gottfried's tweets have since been removed from his feed. Last week, Aflac announced it will donate 100 million yen to the International Red Cross for disaster assistance.

In addition, Dan Turner, press secretary for Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, resigned yesterday after internal e-mails surfaced with jokes he made about the earthquake in Japan.

The e-mails, which were obtained by Politico and ran in a story, also contained jokes about Janet Reno and Cambodian genocide.

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