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The Daily Beast: Fired for Jokes

Gilbert Gottfried

In the wake of the 9.0-magnitude earthquake that triggered a massive tsunami, wreaking havoc on the coastal cities of Japan with an estimated death toll of 10,000, comedian Gilbert Gottfried, best known for his wildly obnoxious voice, decided to offer up this joke on Twitter: "Japan is really advanced. They don't go to the beach. The beach comes to them," Gottfried wrote in one tweet, which has since been removed. The diminutive comedian was subsequently fired as the voice of the duck in commercials for Aflac, an insurance company that just so happens to do 75 percent of its business in Japan. Gottfried has since apologized.

(AP Photo/Charles Sykes)
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