Gilbert Gottfried: "I Sincerely Apologize" For Crude Tsunami Tweets

Celebrity News Mar. 15, 2011 AT 4:12PM
Gilbert Gottfried: "I Sincerely Apologize" For Crude Tsunami Tweets Credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images

No laughing matter!

A day after Gilbert Gottfried was fired as the voice of the Aflac duck because of jokes he posted to Twitter about the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, the comic apologized.

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"I sincerely apologize to anyone who was offended by my attempt at humor regarding the tragedy in Japan," Gottfried, 56, said in a statement on Tuesday.

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The actor, who voiced the Aflac icon for ten years, went on: "I meant no disrespect, and my thoughts are with the victims and their families."

Though, this wasn't the first time Gottfried took a schtick too far. At a Friars Club roast of Hugh Hefner three weeks after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, he joked that he tried to get a direct flight into New York "but they said they have to stop at the Empire State Building first."

No word yet as to whether the repentant actor will get his job back. According to reports, a nationwide casting call for a new voice is still underway.

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If you would like to help the thousands affected by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.


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