Elvis Duran: Justin Bieber Needs to Disappear for a While
By Antoinette Bueno
Radio host Elvis Duran has some sound advice for Justin Bieber after two damaging videos broke recently -- one showing a reportedly 15-year-old Bieber telling a racist joke, and one of him using the N-word and joking about joining the Ku Klux Klan.
"I really think it's a good time for Justin -- as a very talented artist, which we're totally forgetting about -- it's time for him to go away for a while," he tells ET bluntly. "He needs to just disappear, grow up some, love life, learn how to be a guy and be a man, and come back and put an album out and it'll be number one."
Duran, who's interviewed Bieber on his Z100 radio show Elvis Duran and the Morning Show, also thinks people have become somewhat immune to Bieber's highly publicized antics.
"My theory about Justin in that there's something awful being written about him every week – it’s to the point where I don't even think people hear it anymore," he explains. "As awful as these tapes are, I think people are saying, 'Oh, well, no surprise there,' because there's so much negative there about Justin."
Justin responded to the second video released Wednesday -- featuring him laughing while singing an N-word filled racist parody of his 2009 song One Less Lonely Girl -- by posting a Bible verse on his Instagram about sins and forgiveness.
"When your sins weigh heavily upon you, come to Me," the text of the photo reads. "Confess your wrong doing, which I know all about before you say a word. Stay in the Light of My Presence, receiving forgiveness, cleansing, and healing. Remember that I have clothed you in My Righteousness, so nothing can separate you from Me. Whenever you stumble or fall, I am there to help you up."
And how does Duran feel about his response?
"You know what, he’s not -- he's not an awful guy," he says. "He makes bad decisions -- makes him look bad -- but the things he's posting in his defense, I think he's just trying to figure out what to do."