Aflac duck gets Minnesota accent?
After saying goodbye to comedian Gilbert Gottfried, Aflac selects a sales manager from Minnesota to voice its mascot.
After ousting comedian Gilbert Gottfried from the job, the insurance company has picked Daniel McKeague, a 36-year-old television advertising sales manager and father of three from Hugo, Minn., The Associated Press reports.
McKeague was one of 12,500 contestants who sent Aflac voice samples. He had the luxury of recording his 30-second clip at KQRS, the Minneapolis station where he works. He uploaded it to Aflac's website and later did a formal audition.
Post continues after this interview with Aflac's chief executive about the Japan disaster:
McKeague said he has imitated the Aflac duck for years. "Whenever that ad would come on, I would imitate the duck, and the kids loved it," he told AP. His children are 5, 8 and 11.
He will get paid a sum in the low six figures for a one-year contract, AP reports, and the contract will likely be renewed for several years. Not bad for making a silly voice.
Gottfried was fired after making jokes on Twitter about the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Aflac might have given him a pass if he had been talking about another country, but the company gets 75% of its revenue from Japan. Gottfried later apologized, but Aflac was ready to move on.
Aflac and its advertising agency culled the list of entries to three, and chief executive Dan Amos said McKeague was the obvious choice. "We thought he was the best by far," Amos said. "I can't explain to you why. It just was. Maybe it is part of the mystique of the Aflac duck."
Look for the first commercial with McKeague's voice later tonight during the NBC show appropriately titled "The Voice."
Gilbert's freedom of speech was not infringed upon, he did not go to jail for saying what he did, there were no legal repercussions for what he said.
He was an employee of Aflac, Aflac didn't like what he said, so they fired him. This has absolutely nothing to do with freedom of speech. Go curse out your boss and try to claim it's freedom of speech, see how far that gets you. As long as you aren't aggressive or threatening (breaking separate laws while doing it) you won't go to jail, but you won't keep your job either.
You're complaining about the political correctness Nazi's and loosing freedoms in one sentence, and then saying that an employer shouldn't have the freedom to fire a publicly facing employee because they didn't like the way they represented the company in a public forum.
It just sounds to me like you disagree with Aflac's decision, you're free to not give them any of your money.
That is not a violation of free speech;you can say whatever you want as long as it is not libelous,but do not be surprised if you are fired.
What an idiot.
Are they counting the decimal places in that "low six-figures" salary? I sure hope so, otherwise I'm in the wrong line of work.
That's a heck of a lot of money to be paid for recording one word a dozen or so times a year.
WHY A DUCK? WHY NOT A CHICKEN!
Poor Gilbert was AFF-licted....
Can't a computer generate a suitable substitute.... come on...........
Those who use the AFLAC services should look into this
useless expense........ but I'm not tryin' to cause A FLACKKKKKKK!
Pastisprolouge, before you make a comment about how Japanese Americans were treated in WW2, you might want to check on the survival rate of American citizens in Jap concentration camps and just what their physical condition was like at the end of the war!
Most of the people who did that to americans have died and the current population should NOT be blamed for what happened then. However, What happened between 1936 and 1945 is simply glossed over in their school text books.
Yes, and don't YOU remember that we dropped a bomb on Hiroshima?!? I'd say we're even, so why don't you drop your 70 year-old grudge? It's over!
Low six figures?
"Your insurance premiums are rising due to the level of consumer claims being made. It has nothing to do with corporate expenses"
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