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Posted at 12:31 PM ET, 03/23/2011

Aflac debuts new, Gilbert Gottfried-less commercial

Former Aflac duck voice Gilbert Gottfried with the Aflac duck. (Charles Sykes - AP)
“There’s an internet rumor that Ben Affleck is going to be my new voice. If only! Stay tuned-I *am* on the hunt for a new voice. Maybe yours?” the Aflac duck says on its Facebook page Wednesday morning.

In a few hours, the insurance company will debut a new television ad featuring its mascot in a silent movie rescuing a damsel in distress.

Aflac is deftly turning lemon into lemonade after sacking comic Gilbert Gottfried as the voice of the fowl when he tweeted cracks about the earthquake and tsunami in Japan that were intended to raise eyebrows.

If you can’t wait for its primetime debut, you can watch the ad here:

By  |  12:31 PM ET, 03/23/2011

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