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Wednesday
Mar162011

Gilbert Gottfried Apologizes for Japan Jokes; Stars Chime in

Shawn Ehlers/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Comic Gilbert Gottfried is now apologizing for the jokes he posted last weekend on his Twitter page about the killer Japanese quake and tsunami, which got him fired from his decade-long gig as the voice of the Aflac duck.

In a statement, the comic said Tuesday, "I sincerely apologize to anyone who was offended by my attempt at humor regarding the tragedy...I meant no disrespect, and my thoughts are with the victims and their families."

Some stars are saying the insurance company should have known what they were getting into with Gottfried, whose stand-up material is known for often crossing the line.

On his radio show Tuesday, Gottfried's pal Howard Stern said, "You couldn't ask for a more inappropriate human being than Gilbert Gottfried.  When the Aflac people hired him...they know this is an offensive guy, this is a guy whose humor is offensive.  He's made fun of every natural disaster I know...There's no reason for him to be fired.  They should have never hired him to begin with!"

Joy Behar expressed a similar sentiment on The View Tuesday.

Joan Rivers also sounded off about Gottfried Tuesday, saying "That's what comedians do!  We react to tragedy by making jokes to help people in tough times feel better through laughter."

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Wednesday
Mar162011

Lady Gaga's Japan Bracelets Raise $250K for Disaster Relief

Kevin Winter/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Just two days after Lady Gaga announced that she was selling bracelets to raise money for Japanese disaster relief, her fans responded by ponying up $250,000.

On Monday, Gaga tweeted, "Monsters, in just 48 hours, you've raised a quarter of a million dollars for Japan Relief...it's important that we help."

The bracelets, which read "We pray for Japan" in both English and Japanese, cost $5 each and will be shipped March 25.  Those interested can get them at her official online store.

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Wednesday
Mar162011

Katy Perry Donating Merchandise Sales to Japan Disaster Relief

Frazer Harrison/Getty Images(AMSTERDAM) -- After urging her fans via Twitter to donate to the Red Cross following the earthquake and tsunami devastation in Japan, Katy Perry is now making her own donation to the cause.

While at a tour stop in Germany on Monday, the singer requested via Twitter that fans buy a certain item from her merchandise booth to benefit relief efforts.

Perry wrote, "If u go by the merchandise stand, purchase a [Katy Perry] light-up wand.  All proceeds will go 2 to #Japanredcross.  And when I play... Firework, let's ignite the light for them tonight."

She added, "I will be doing this for future shows so be ready!!!"

On Tuesday, Perry tweeted to her audience in Amsterdam, "Remember that if u purchase a #CALIFORNIADREAMS light wand, all proceeds will go 2 #JAPANREDCROSS!  LET'S LIGHT IT UP FOR JAPAN!"

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Monday
Mar142011

Rapper 50 Cent Jokes About 'Hoes' After Japan Earthquake

Frazer Harrison/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- While many celebrities sent prayers and dollars to Japan in the wake of Friday's deadly earthquake and tsunami and urged their fans to do the same, one responded to the crisis by cracking a couple of ill-advised jokes.

"Wave will hit 8am them crazy white boys gonna try to go surfing," rapper 50 Cent tweeted Friday morning. That afternoon, 50 (real name: Curtis Jackson) added, "Look this is very serious people I had to evacuate all my hoe's from LA, Hawaii and Japan. I had to do it. Lol."

The rapper seemed to come to his senses minutes later, writing, "Nah this is nuts but what can anyone do about it. Let's pray for anyone who has lost someone." He then compared the natural disaster to a movie and said that "hate it or love it...some of my tweets are ignorant I do it for shock value."

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Friday
Mar112011

Celebrities React on Twitter to Japan Quake and Tsunami

FUKUSHIMA MINPO/AFP/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Celebrity reaction to Thursday's earthquake and tsunami in Japan has been swift as stars take to Twitter to offer condolences and best wishes to the victims.

"Oh man yall see this earthquake in japan??????!!!!!! Let us pray!!!! God bless Japan!" P. Diddy posted on his Twitter account.

"My prayers and love is with all of those in Japan. Wow my heart is breaking with every image I see. So sad! Praying hard!" Khloe Kardashian tweeted.

Glee star Lea Michele expressed her sympathy on the networking site: "So devastating to hear about the huge earthquake and tsunami Japan. My thoughts and prayers are with everyone there."

For celebrities, the news of the 8.9 quake hit especially close to home. Many stars do publicity and perform in Japan. Moreover, the tsunami triggered by the massive earthquake was expected to reach Hawaii and parts of the West Coast.

Back from a recent tour stop in Japan, Katy Perry wrote, "My prayers go out to anyone that is being effected by the disaster in Japan ... #prayforjapan."

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