Gilbert Gottfried, now the former voice of the Aflac duck, was fired on Monday by his employer for jokes he made about the Japanese tsunami on Twitter.
This isn't the first incident where a high-profile employee was fired over the content of a tweet. In July of 2010, Octavia Nasr, a former CNN Senior Editor covering Mideast affairs, was fired when she praised a controversial Muslim cleric who had just died. But the Aflac case is the first one, that I know of at least, where a celebrity was fired for tweeting jokes.
But Gottfried may be more than just a victim of his own bad taste and bad timing: He may also be a victim of Aflac's bad earnings exposure as well.