Jonah Hill: 'My Heart's Broken' Over Gay Slur
Apologizes at length on 'Tonight Show,' Howard Stern
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 4, 2014 10:26 AM CDT
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(Newser) – The first thing Jonah Hill wanted to do when he went on the Tonight Show last night was apologize. Hill got a lot of bad press after hurling a gay slur at a photographer who was attacking him verbally while he was out with friends. Hill and Jimmy Fallon quickly silenced the cheering audience, and Hill warned, "Unfortunately, this isn't a joke." He went on to explain that he was "genuinely hurt" by the paparazzo's actions, and "in response, I wanted to hurt him back, and I said the most hurtful word that I could think of at that moment"—the f-word.

"I didn't mean it in a homophobic way," Hill said, pausing to compose himself. But "that doesn't matter. How you mean things doesn't matter. Words have weight and meaning. And the word I chose was grotesque and no one deserves to say or hear words like that.” He said he's a lifelong supporter of the LGBTQ community, and "my heart's broken and I genuinely am deeply sorry to anybody who's ever been affected by that term in their life." As the audience sat in silence and Fallon thanked him for his sincerity, Hill added, "I know I'm usually funny and stuff, but this wasn't funny. It was stupid. I deserve the s--- that I'm going to get for it, you know?" Hill also apologized yesterday morning on Howard Stern's show, the New York Daily News notes, and called his choice of words "disgusting."

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Jun 8, 2014 2:12 AM CDT
howard stern your a hipocrit you have and still say worse..EVERY ONE OF YOU 35 OR OLDER HAS AND DONT DENY IT...frikin liberals..I still support Hill!
Jun 5, 2014 8:20 AM CDT
Why is it everday somebody is apologizing for something that didn't harm anyone? Was the photographer even gay? He didn't do anything wrong.
Jun 5, 2014 2:05 AM CDT
I remember a time meeting him not long ago while he was in ATL filming. My buddy (A bouncer) had to tell him to stop having his PR rep go around asking for drugs for him. Trust me, he cares about hurting the wrong people. He is a sincere guy, but he believes in a separation of meaning for the word...just like the rest of my generation who grew up using it as another equivalent word for "loser". At least he didnt deflect, and owned up to it. *shrug*