Despite having a close bond Uncle Johnny and Elvis Duran were not related to each other

Uncle Johnny's life completely changed after meeting Elvis Duran.


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After the video of Elvis Duran emotionally talking about Uncle Johnny went viral online, many listeners started thinking Johnny and Elvis were related.

However, as per the media sources, Uncle Johnny and Elvis Duran did not share any family relationship. So, Uncle Johnny is certainly not Elvis Duran’s real Uncle.

In reality, Uncle Johnny is a name given to John Marino, 82, a senior citizen who lived a retired life.

Due to his senior age, everyone started lovingly calling him Uncle.

Elvis and his show’s cast members called him by the same name, and he also called everyone his nephew and niece.

Elvis Duran first met Uncle Johnny through his husband, Alex Carr

Alex Carr has known Uncle Johnny since he was a kid, and later, he introduced him to Elvis Duran.

Duran stated that Uncle Johnny was the best gift Carr ever gave him, as he brought lots of happiness into their lives.

John Marino, aka Uncle Johnny, was a funny and loving person everyone loved to talk to.

Due to his sarcastic personality, Elvis Duran brought him to the Elvis Duran & The Morning Show, from where he received lots of love and popularity.

Further, he is mostly known for his catchphrases, such as “Hello lady” and “What are ya, bananas? which later became the trademark of Elvis Duran’s show.

Johnny used to appear on Elvis’s show every Friday, sharing his jokes and stories with the audience. He was also known as the world’s oldest intern.

Johnny and Elvis’s meeting changed both of their lives completely. Before knowing Elvis, Johnny was just an old man living his retired life.

He led a mundane and did not enjoy life at all; however, after meeting Elvis, he started living a colorful life again.

During the conversation on the Elvis podcast, a last member, Froggy, stated Uncle Johnny’s life changed completely after he came to the show.

Elvis and his husband cared for Johnny when he was sick during the pandemic and used to listen to his jokes and stories.

However, after he passed away on Friday (3 May 2024), Elvis again remembered those old days with Uncle Johnny and got emotional while talking about him.

Even though Elvis Duran and Uncle Johnny were not related to each other by blood, their friendship was above any relationship. Elvis emotionally says even though he is no longer with them, his memories are immortal. He quoted, “Legends never die. He will linger forever.

Additional Information

  • 59-year-old radio host Elvis Duran was born on August 5, 1964, in McKinney, Texas, U.S.
  • Elvis Duran is openly gay. He and his husband, Alex Carr, tied the knot in 2019.
  • Uncle Johnny also used to wear a big “HELLO LADY” necklace, and people often called him Lady.
  • He had health problems where both his kidneys and heart were not working well.
  • According to reports, Uncle Johnny’s net worth was around $4 million at the time of his passing.
Ruhi Tiwari
Ruhi Tiwari
Ruhi Tiwari, a passionate content writer with 2 years of experience, weaves captivating tales through her words. Beyond her profession, she immerses herself in the art of storytelling, channeling her creativity into compelling narratives.


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