After issuing a public apology on Howard Stern for calling an LA photographer a homophobic slur, Jonah Hill took another opportunity to express his regret on The Tonight Show last night.
While on the show promoting his new film 22 Jump Street, Hill, a self-proclaimed gay rights activist, opened up about his controversial remarks and got choked up as he explained the situation.
“I’d actually like to address something, if that’s okay to your audience,” the 30-year-old actor began. “Unfortunately, this isn’t a joke.”
“This weekend I was out with some friends and there was a paparazzi guy, and he was antagonizing me and calling me names, attacking me personally and my family personally, and I was genuinely hurt by this and made angry by this,” Hill explained. “In response, I wanted to hurt him back and I said the most hurtful word that I could think of at that moment. I didn’t mean this in the sense of the word. I didn’t mean it in a homophobic way.”
“I think that…sorry,” Hill said, pausing to collect himself. “I think that that doesn’t matter. How you mean things doesn’t matter. Words have weight and meaning. The word I chose was grotesque and no one deserves to say or hear words like that. I’ve been a supporter of the LGBTQ community my entire life, and I completely let the members of that community and everybody else down when I used a word like that this weekend. My heart’s broken and I genuinely am deeply sorry to anybody who’s ever been affected by that term in their life. I’m sorry and I don’t deserve or expect your forgiveness, but what I ask is at home, if you’re watching this and you’re a young person especially, if someone says something that hurts you or angers you, use me as an example of what not to do. Don’t respond with hatred or anger because you’re just adding more ugliness to the world. And again, I am just so sorry.”
“I know I’m usually funny and stuff, but this wasn’t funny. It was stupid,” he concluded. “I deserve the s**t that I’m going to get for it, you know?”
Hill was caught on camera over the weekend responding to a paparazzo who was antagonizing him and his friends by angrily yelling, “Suck my d*** you f*****.” TMZ originally posted the video, though they claim the photographer was not one of their employees.