Jonah Hill Apologizes for Homophobic Slur: ‘I Said the Most Hurtful Word’
Jonah Hill is on an apology tour.
After TMZ released footage on Tuesday of the actor making a homophobic slur at the paparazzo over the weekend, Hill appeared on The Tonight Show, where he began by immediately addressing the news of his recent homophobic slur.
“Unfortunately, this isn’t a joke,” Hill said.
The video from TMZ shows Hill yelling, “Suck my dick, faggot!” He claims that the paparazzo had been following and antagonizing him the entire day, harassing him and his family.
“In response, I wanted to hurt him back, and I said the most hurtful word that I could think of at that moment,” Hill told Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show. “Words have weight and meaning, and the word I chose was grotesque. And no one deserves to say or hear words like that.”
Hill has previously demonstrated support for the LGBT community. The actor took a stand on Twitter against Russia’s anti-gay laws during the Winter Olympics.
“My heart’s broken, and I genuinely am deeply sorry to anyone who’s been affected by that term in their life. I’m sorry, and I don’t deserve or expect your forgiveness,” Hill continued.
He also spoke on Howard Stern’s radio show on Tuesday, where he addressed his comments. “I played into exactly what he wanted and lost my cool, and in that moment, I said a disgusting word that does not at all reflect how I feel about any group of people.”