Jonah Hill was caught throwing out a homophobic slur while being harassed by a paparazzo, and now he is doing some major damage control with Jimmy Fallon.
Jonah Hill really, really wants us to know he’s not a homophobic jerk.
The 22 Jump Street star already apologized once on The Howard Stern Show for throwing out the f-word, and last night he made a surprise appearance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon to continue his mea culpa campaign.
Hill, knowing the success of his new movie and possibly the rest of his career is on the line, carefully explained how the situation unfolded and admitted no matter what, his choice of words was unacceptable.
“This weekend I was out with some friends. There was a paparazzi guy and he was antagonizing me and calling me names, attacking me personally, my family personally. 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 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… that doesn’t matter, you know? How you mean things doesn’t matter,” he continued. “Words have weight in meaning. The word I chose was grotesque. No one deserves to say or hear words like that. I’ve been supportive to 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. I’m genuinely deeply sorry to anyone who has 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 that if you’re 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 an example of what not to do. And don’t respond with hatred or anger, because you’re just adding more ugliness to the world. Again, I’m so sorry.”