Amongst several other now-removed gems, Gottfried tweeted, “I just split up with my girlfriend, but like the Japanese say, ‘They’ll be another one floating by any minute now.'”
None of which came as much of a surprise to regular followers of Gottfried’s Twitter account. His feed is littered with off-color material, expletives and racially charged “jokes.”
On Tuesday (March 15), however, Gottfried seems to be tweeting to a different tune. He posted two messages to convey his regret at having offended anyone:
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.
Howard Stern, who has Gottfried on as a frequent guest on his satellite radio show, also weighed in on the controversy Tuesday morning.
“Here’s a guy who as long as I know him has been making jokes about the n-word, about Jews,” said Stern. “I mean, you couldn’t ask for a more inappropriate human being than Gilbert Gottfried … When the Aflac people hired him to be the Aflac duck, they knew all of this. They know this is an offensive guy … this guy is offensive. There’s no reason for him to be fired.”
So far, Aflac hasn’t announced any plans to reverse their decision.