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Jonah Hill Apologizes For Anti-Gay Slur

Tara Paboojian |
June 3, 2014 | 5:45 p.m. PDT

Staff Reporter

Jonah Hill (@goKicker/Twitter)
Jonah Hill (@goKicker/Twitter)

Everyone makes mistakes and Jonah Hill is apologizing for his recent slip-up.

Videos were recently released by TMZ that show the upcoming “22 Jump Street” star yelling a homophobic slur out at a paparazzo that was trailing Hill during the weekend. 

The footage depicts Hill walking around the Larchmont neighborhood in Los Angeles while the paparazzo make comments about his "flashy" shorts. These comments angered Hill so much that he was prompted to give an explicit command and make a comment that is derogatory towards gay people. 

Hill went on “The Howard Stern Show” Tuesday and apologized for the words he used in the video. 

He told Stern, “This is a heartbreaking situation for me. From the day I was born and publicly, I’ve been a gay rights activist.” 

“The Wolf of Wall Street” actor also noted that the video posted by TMZ failed to show how the paparazzo had been following him all weekend and made many inappropriate comments that eventually caused him to react. 

“Not excusing what I said in any way, this person had been following me around all day. Had been saying hurtful things about my family, really hurtful things about me personally, and I played into exactly what he wanted and lost my cool,” Hill explains. “And in that moment I said a disgusting word that does not at all reflect how I feel about any group of people.” 

Hill tells Stern that he has grown up with gay family members and that he will even stand with his best friend, who is gay, at his upcoming wedding. 

"I am not at all defending my choice of words, but I am happy to be the poster boy for thinking about what you say and how those words -- even if you don't intend them in how they mean -- they are rooted in hate and that's ... and I shouldn't have said that."

After considering this outburst, Hill says he is “not good at being a famous person” and handling the type of harassment celebrities get from photographers. 

Unlike some celebrities, however, Hill is willing to take responsibility for his word choice.

“I’m happy to take the heat for using this disgusting word. What I won’t allow is for anyone— it would break my heart to think that anyone would think, especially with all the work that i’ve done and all the loved ones that I have— that I would be against anyone for their sexuality. That’s absurd to me. So it’s been a heartbreaking morning.” 

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