Why GEICO auto insurance fired R. Lee Ermey

R. Lee Ermey is a retired U.S. Marine Corps drill instructor and an actor. You may remember his breakout performance as Gunnery Sergeant Hartman in Full Metal Jacket.
Ermey has also been in commercials, including one for GEICO Insurance, which you can revisit at the beginning of the video below.


In December 2010. Ermey was at a benefit for Toys4Tots and the USO, where he ripped into Obama (around the 2:50 mark in the video above).
Now, we have confirmation — from the man himself — that, just as we’d suspected, that was the reason why GEICO fired Ermey.


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