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Aflac fires Gottfried

MADE IN THE SHADES Maine native Patrick Dempsey and wife Jillian Fink looked cool at the eighth annual Stuart House Benefit at the John Varvatos Boutique in West Hollywood on Sunday. MADE IN THE SHADES Maine native Patrick Dempsey and wife Jillian Fink looked cool at the eighth annual Stuart House Benefit at the John Varvatos Boutique in West Hollywood on Sunday. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
March 15, 2011

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Aflac has fired Gilbert Gottfried, the comedian who is the voice of the insurer’s quacking duck in the United States. Gottfried, who has voiced the duck in numerous commercials since 2000, posted a string of tasteless, mocking jokes about the earthquake and tsunami in Japan on Twitter over the weekend. Aflac Inc., which does 75 percent of its business in Japan, said the jokes do not represent the feelings of the company. (AP)

DeGeneres case plea

A woman who was arrested outside Ellen DeGeneres’s home pleaded no contest yesterday to misdemeanor trespassing. Karen Grace Sjoden, 50, was arrested Feb. 10 outside the comedian and talk show host’s home and had elected to represent herself. She will be placed on three years of informal probation and was ordered to stay 100 yards away from DeGeneres and her wife, actress Portia DeGeneres. (AP)

Special-effects ruling

A British jury yesterday cleared an Oscar-winning special-effects supervisor in the death of a cameraman during the making of “Batman: The Dark Knight.’’ Conway Wickliffe, 41, was killed when a vehicle he was filming from struck a tree during a test of an action sequence in 2007. The jury took less than two hours to unanimously find Christopher Corbould, 53, not guilty of failing to ensure Wickliffe’s safety. (AP)