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And the New Voice of the Aflac Duck Is…


Gilbert Gottfried‘s coming out of the mouth of Dan McKeague from Hugo, MN! Funny that they didn’t seek out a voice that doesn’t sound like Gottfried, no? Since he was fired and all. The new ad featuring Dan’s voice is posted above.

The folks at Aflac are obviously pretty PR savvy and wouldn’t miss a chance to squeeze every bit out of this situation. So after the jump, there’s a video of Aflac CEO Don Amos giving Dan the good news.

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Aflac Auditions Turn a Bad Joke Into Good Publicity

Steve Curcio during his audition. Photo: Marcus Yam for The New York Times

Aflac’s search for a new spokes-duck has gotten the insurance company some great publicity after what started as a PR problem.

You’ll remember, Gilbert Gottfried, the previous voice of the Aflac duck, was swiftly dismissed after making tasteless jokes online in the wake of the Japan quake and tsunami. That left a job opening, and led Aflac to open up the opportunity to anyone with a dream and an annoying voice.

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Casting Call for the Aflac Duck


The Aflac duck is silenced in this ad. But he’ll soon get his voice back.

Aflac has posted a job opening on its website for the voice of the AFLAC duck, a position once held by Gilbert Gottfried. That is, before he pulled a Kenneth Cole in insensitive tweets posted in the wake of the devastation in Japan.

Duck wannabes can apply online or at live casting call. Online apps must be submitted by April 1 at 11:59 p.m. PT, and live auditions will be held in select cities on March 31 and April 1.

Lippe Taylor president Jim Joseph praises the steps that Aflac has taken on his blog The Experience Effect, first for “very unceremoniously” cutting ties with Gottfried (which is what Dior did in the wake of the John Galliano scandal) and then for taking the auditions public.

“Involve your consumers in your quest and turn a public pr nightmare into a positive,” he writes.