Calling all quackers...
Aflac is opening the field to people who want to take a quack at doing the new voice of the insurer's ever-abrasive duck mascot.
Aflac Inc. will begin accepting submissions Wednesday in the search for someone to replace Gilbert Gottfried, who was ousted last week, after voicing the duck for more than 10 years, because he made insensitive remarks on Twitter about the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.
Rather than hire another celebrity voice right away, Aflac decided to solicit submissions from the general public, said Chief Marketing Officer Michael Zuna.
Anyone interested will be able to submit a 30-second audio or video file belting their best version of the Aflac duck's signature "Aflac" squawk at www.quackaflac.com. The company wants to hear interpretations of the character that may be different from Gottfried's, Zuna said.
The other Lohan...
Authorities in Los Angeles say Lindsay Lohan's father has been arrested over allegations he held his girlfriend against her will and prevented her from calling 911.
Sheriff's investigators say deputies were dispatched on a domestic violence call at 9 p.m. Monday to Michael Lohan's apartment.
A news release says the 51-year-old was booked for investigation of preventing a report of victimization, false imprisonment and infliction of corporal injury on a cohabitant, all felonies. Bail is set at $200,000.
Authorities say the girlfriend refused treatment for minor injuries, but Michael Lohan was taken to a hospital after booking for a medical condition unrelated to the arrest.
He has a history of arrests in New York over allegations of harassment from ex-girlfriends.
Not a 'Good Morning'...
Chris Brown trashed his dressing room at "Good Morning America" and broke a window with a chair Tuesday after co-host Robin Roberts asked him about his attack on Rihanna, according to a person familiar with the show.
The person was not authorized to discuss the matter and spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity. Security was called, but not police.
Brown was on the ABC morning show Tuesday to promote his new album, "F.A.M.E.," released the same day. During his interview with Roberts, she asked him about the 2009 attack on his then-girlfriend -- preceding her questions by noting he had been "very good" about talking about the attack.
"It was very serious what you went through and what happened," she said. "How have you been able to ..."
A clearly agitated Brown tried to deflect the line of questioning, saying he was past that and wanted to focus on his new CD.
"This album is what I want them to talk about and not what happened two years ago," he said.
Roberts laughed and thanked Brown for letting her discuss that matter with him, and after the interview, Brown performed.
But instead of performing another song for the online audience, as he was scheduled to do, he went to his dressing room and started smashing things, according to the person.
In a statement, ABC News said: "As always, we ask questions that are relevant and newsworthy, and that's what we did in this interview with Mr. Brown."