Jonah Hill publicly apologizes for hurling gay slur

Paula David – Fourth Estate Cooperative Reporter

Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E) – Jonah Hill, after hurling a homophobic slur to a paparazzi over the weekend, has taken the time to apologize during an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, as well as on Howard Stern’s show.

The 30-year-old actor told Stern that he “shouldn’t have said” what he did. He added, “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.”

Over the weekend, in a video posted by TMZ, a paparazzo was following Hill around while he walked about Los Angeles, trying to initiate conversation, until the “Superbad” star snapped and at one point said, “Suck my d—, you f—-t,” which did not sit well with the public.

In a like manner, Hill told Fallon, “I said the most hurtful word I couldn’t think of at that moment. I didn’t mean this in the sense of the word, you know? I didn’t mean it in a homophobic way.” He continued, “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.”

The “Moneyball” star further added, “I’ve been a supporter of the LGBTQ community my entire life. I completely let the members of that community, and everybody else, down when I used a word like that. My heart’s broken and I am genuinely and deeply sorry to anyone who has ever been affected by that term in their life.”

Meanwhile, Hill’s latest project, “22 Jump Street,” which also stars Channing Tatum, is all set for release on June 13.

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