The best commercials find that magic formula of being so entertaining, consumers forget they’re watching a commercial. A winning ad campaign often utilizes a mascot or spokesperson, often with a catchphrase we can’t get out of our heads. If you’ve ever wondered what happened to the Snapple lady or the guy who said, “Dude, you’re getting a Dell!” read on. These 10 spokesmen were removed from their place as the face of a company, sometimes for the silliest reasons and sometimes for the most horrific…
In the English-speaking world, Jake Wood is synonymous with the long-running television show “EastEnders,” but in the U.S., he was the voice of the Geico gecko for a decade. His soft cockney accent made him the perfect voice for a tiny green insurance icon. But he was summarily replaced after he refused to take a pay cut for the role. Fans of Wood were furious and took to social media to protest, albeit in vain.
R. Lee Ermey
Another Geico spokesman (and there are many of them), he’s also known from his roles in “Full Metal Jacket” and, oddly enough, the “Toy Story” movies as “The Army Guy” even though he was a decorated Marine. But his stint for Geico was apparently cut short due to comments he made about then-President Barack Obama in 2010. He apologized, but not before getting replaced by any number of other Geico mascots. He died in 2015, and was buried at Arlington Cemetery with full honors.