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Comedian Gilbert Gottfried was fired from his job as the voice of Aflac duck after he posted a series of Twitter jokes about the devastating earthquake in Japan, Reuters reports.

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Gottfried, who started his Aflac gig in 2000, tweeted tasteless jokes — which have since been removed from his feed — following last Friday's earthquake and subsequent tsunami.

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"Gilbert's recent comments about the crisis in Japan were lacking in humor and certainly do not represent the thoughts and feelings of anyone at Aflac," the company said in a statement.

Aflac plans to start a nationwide casting call to replace the 56-year-old comedian.