Comedian Gilbert Gottfried, who was fired yesterday from his job as the Aflac duck after writing a series of tacky, insensitive Tweets about the Japanese earthquake and tsunami, has apologized for his behavior. The comedian, who is known for his raunchy humor, deleted all his offending posts and wrote today “I meant no disrespect, and my thoughts are with the victims and their families.”
Some people, like Howard Stern and Joan Rivers, think Gottfried shouldn’t have been fired or even apologized, however. Rivers Tweeted after Gottfried’s firing “That’s what comedians do!!! We react to tragedy by making jokes to help people in tough times feel better through laughter,” and Stern defended Gottfried on his show this morning, saying “[Aflac] hired him in the first place knowingÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ this guy is offensiveÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ everyone knows what GilbertÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s act is. This was no different.” Personally, we think the Tweets were both offensive and unfunny, making it a double whammy of bad taste, what do you guys think?