Gilbert Gottfried gets fired from Aflac and defended by celebs
Two hosts of the popular daytime talk show The View rushed to defend the embattled comedian. Joy Behar and and Whoopi Goldberg count themselves in his corner. Said Behar: "Have you seen his act? It's always inappropriate. That's his act."
Added Whoopi: "I think that one of the things that people always forget is that comics have never been appropriate... that's the whole idea."
Tweeted Gottfried: "I sincerely apologize to anyone who was offended by my attempt at humor regarding the tragedy in Japan. I meant no disrespect, and my thoughts are with the victims and their families."
Joan Rivers added her name to Gottfried's defenders, chiding Aflac for its actions: "That's what comedians do!!! We react to tragedy by making jokes to help people in tough times feel better through laughter."
Shock jock Howard Stern, no stranger to controversial eruptions himself also criticized the firing. "When the Aflac people hired him to be the Aflac duck, they knew all of this," Stern said on his radio show. "They know this is an offensive guy. This is a guy whose humor is offensive. He's made fun of every disaster I've ever heard.... How does a company like that then all of the sudden say: 'Oh! The comments you made about Japan!' ... There's no reason for him to be fired. To be fired for offensiveness? He should have never been hired then."
Comedian Shane Mauss tweeted himself in Gottfried's number: "So NO ONE is supposed to make any jokes about Japan? Lets all just ignore the radioactive elephant in the room."
L.A. comedy writer Rob Delaney sounded a note of caution on the matter, telling the Chicago Tribune that social media such as Twitter may make private thoughts a little too easy to make public. "You don't have to write a joke on every topic. And you'll be funnier if you don't."
Japan is really advanced. They don’t go to the beach. The beach comes to them.
I just split up with my girlfriend, but like the Japanese say, ‘There’ll be another one floating by any minute now’.
What does every Japanese person have in their apartment? Flood lights.
I was talking to my Japanese real estate agent. I said “is there a school in this area.” She said ‘not now, but just wait.’”
My Japanese doctor advised me to stay healthy I need 50 million gallons of water a day.