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Aflac Duck Finds New Voice To Replace Fired Gilbert Gottfried

You can all breathe a sigh of relief, the Aflac duck finally has a new voice.

The insurance giant has announced it has hired 36-year-old Minnesota radio station sales manager as the new Aflac duck, replacing Gilbert Gottfried who was fired for making tasteless jokes about the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

Although Aflac runs different commercials in the Pacific country, which do not feature Gottfried's voice, the company wanted to make the change because seventy five percent of its revenue is derived from Japan.

Dan McKeague was chosen after more than 12,500 people auditioned for the job. The field was narrowed to twenty finalists, then eight, in which McKeague won out.

"I have long admired people who can act and make the most of their voice and have tried to emulate them," he says.

McKeague was quickly put to work as his first ad, titled 'Pigeon', debuted during the premiere of 'The Voice' last night:

See a clip from Dan McKeague's audition tape below:

April 27, 2011 |

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