Jay Aubrey Jones, an Atlantic City native, is the man at the center of the recent Yanny or Laurel audio clip debate.

Jones recorded the word "laurel" for vocabulary.com 11 years ago. 

Earlier this month, a viral debate erupted over whether people hear the name "laurel" or "yanny" in a much-shared audio clip.

"I'm just very, very amused by it all because there were six of us who recorded about 36,000 words, names or phrases each that went into vocabulary.com," Jones said. "It's very funny."

Jones, who has a 42-year show business career that includes singing at the Metropolitan Opera and performing on Broadway, has done interviews over the controversy for HLN in this country and Brazil TV. He had an upcoming interview scheduled with an Australian morning news TV show.

Jones, who grew up on Arctic Avenue, performed in musicals and plays at Atlantic City High School before graduating in 1972.

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