Gilbert Gottfried Apologizes for Tsunami Tweets
03/15/2011 AT 02:35 PM EDT
"I sincerely apologize to anyone who was offended by my attempt at humor regarding the tragedy in Japan," Gottfried, 56, the voice of the duck since 2000, says in a statement. "I meant no disrespect, and my thoughts are with the victims and their families."
After Gottfried sent a series of joke-filled Tweets, Aflac's Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer Michael Zuna issued a statement Monday saying, "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."
A search is reportedly on for a new voice actor.