Elvis Duran has no regrets.
The legendary New York radio personality insists bringing rapper Iggy Azalea to Miami Beach Gay Pride last year was the right thing to do.
Azalea has a history of making inflammatory remarks about minorities.
“Iggy Azalea is someone who is enlightened and learning that her original beliefs were not fair,” Duran told SFGN Tuesday morning in a telephone conversation. “I don’t think it caused a brouhaha. It caused wonderful conversations and was a fantastic opportunity to start dialogue.”
Duran is returning to Miami Beach Gay Pride this weekend where his friend, Uncle Johnny Pool will serve as advocate grand marshal for Sunday’s parade. Uncle Johnny cut his teeth bartending summers in Fire Island, N.Y.
A popular summer destination for gay New Yorkers, Fire Island, Duran said, is known as a wild, colorful weekend excursion. Uncle Johnny, Duran said, is part of the island’s “rich history.”
“Have you seen pictures of Uncle Johnny in the 1970s and 1980s?,” Duran asked. “He was one cute kitty. Meow!”
Duran, 52, grew up in Texas. He said his teenage years were “uneventful” and did not include any traumatic or abusive situations over his sexuality.
“I was very fortunate in that way,” Duran said. “I never experienced any hatred or malice directed at me.”
Duran went on from Texas to build a successful radio career in the Big Apple. As the host of Z100’s “Elvis Duran and the Morning Show,” Duran’s syndicated morning program reaches 10 million listeners in 80 markets.
Punctuating his success, Duran was recently honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He talks about the milestone with tongue and cheek humor.
“Someone sent me a picture of it last night and there was chewing gum all over it,” he said.