Aflac Needs A Duck Voice To Replace Gottfried

Insurance company Aflac is taking applications from people who want to be the new voice of its signature duck. The company fired comedian Gilbert Gottfried after he posted insensitive remarks on Twitter about the disaster in Japan, a place where Aflac makes much of its money.

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, host:

Our last word in business today is take a quack at this.

Mr. GILBERT GOTTFRIED (Comedian): (as Aflac duck) Aflac.

WERTHEIMER: The insurance company Aflac is taking applications from people who want to be the new voice of its signature duck. The company recently fired comedian Gilbert Gottfried, who'd been quaking in Aflac ads for years. Gottfried lost his job after posting insensitive remarks on Twitter about the disaster in Japan, a place where Aflac makes much of its money.

The company has a website where candidates can submit recordings of their best quacks.

(Soundbite of Aflac duck)

WERTHEIMER: That's the business news on MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Linda Wertheimer.

STEVE INSKEEP, host:

And I'm Steve Inskeep.

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