Aflac hires new duck voice to replace fired Gilbert Gottfried
Dan McKeague beat out 12,500 applicants for the job, which consists mainly of quacking 'Af-LAC!' in a variety of inflections.
Tue, Apr 26, 2011 at 03:00 PM
DUCK: Aflac fired Gottfried on March 14 for making crude jokes on Twitter in the aftermath of the Japan earthquake and tsunami. (Photo: ZUMA Press)
NEW YORK - A Minnesota father of three is the new voice of insurer Aflac, taking over the iconic quacking-duck role from the fired comedian Gilbert Gottfried. His first commercial debuts online today.
Dan McKeague, 36, of Hugo, Minnesota, beat out some 12,500 applicants for the job, which consists mainly of quacking "Af-LAC!" in a variety of inflections in the disability insurer's commercials.
McKeague, a sales manager for Minneapolis radio stations, replaces Gilbert Gottfried, the acerbic comedian who had voiced the duck in more than 50 ads since 2000.
Aflac fired Gottfried on March 14 for making crude jokes on Twitter in the aftermath of the Japan earthquake and tsunami. Gottfried issued a public apology the next day.
Japan is Aflac's most important market, where the company derives about three-quarters of its revenue, making the earthquake issue especially sensitive.
Though the company has said from the start its exposure to the quake would be limited, its shares fell more than 13 percent in the four days after the March 11 disaster struck Japan. They have only partially rebounded since.
(Reporting by Ben Berkowitz)
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