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Joan Rivers and Howard Stern Defend Gilbert Gottfried's Japan Jokes

A day after he was fired as voice of the Aflac duck for joking about the Japanese earthquake and ensuing tsunami, Gilbert Gottfried's friends are defending the comedian's attempt at humor.

"Oh come on people-this is just outrageous! Gilbert Gottfried was FIRED from Aflac for making jokes about the tsunami in Japan," wrote Joan Rivers on Twitter.

"That's what comedians do!!! We react to tragedy by making jokes to help people in tough times feel better through laughter."

Meanwhile, Howard Stern said that Aflac knew exactly what they were getting when they signed Gottfried.

"Here is the guy that as long as I know has been making jokes, you couldn't ask for a more inappropriate human being."

"When the Aflac people hired him to be the duck, they knew his humor is offensive. There's no reason for him to be fired. But to be fired for offensiveness, he should never have been hired then."

But despite the support, Gottfried apologized for the jokes on Tuesday.

"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."

March 16, 2011 |

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