Famous drill instructor Lee Ermey — best known for his appearance in the movie “Full Metal Jacket” — says he was fired from his gig as a GEICO insurance personality because he criticized President Obama.
Last December, Ermey — also known as “Gunney” — made headlines by blasting the economy and linking Obama to socialism:
But the plot thickened in January when Ermey came out and apologized, drawing the ire of some of his fans. And now, despite that apology, Ermey says GEICO fired him because of the statements.
Ermey had played a psychiatrist in a GEICO commercial and famously called his “patient” a “jackwagon.” When TMZ recently asked him about it, he said “GEICO fired me because I had– I wasn’t too kind about speaking with the– about the administration, so– the present administration — so they fired me.”
“So they fired you because of political reasons?” asked TMZ.
“Yeah,” he answered. “If you’re a conservative in this town, you better watch out.”
Watch it below:
You can watch the “jackwagon” commercial below:
This isn’t the first time GEICO has canned someone for making political statements. GEICO voiceover man Lance Baxter was fired in April 2010 for leaving a nasty message on the voicemail of Freedomworks wondering if the group was “mentally retarded.”
This story has been updated.