After getting himself into a bit of hot water over the weekend by throwing a homophobic slur at a paparazzo, Jonah Hill took the time to address his fans and critics while on “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon” on Tuesday (June 3).
After the “22 Jump Street” star was caught saying a homophobic slur after being antagonized by a paparazzo, Hill appeared completely somber and serious when he stopped Fallon at the beginning of his segment to discuss what happened. Hill says the photographer was saying awful things about him and his family, and that hurt him personally.
“In response, I wanted to hurt him back and I said the most hurtful word I could think of in that moment,” Hill says. “I didn’t mean this in the sense of the word. I didn’t mean it in a homophobic way, but I think 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.”
Hill continued on to deliver a sincere apology for using the word “f*****” as well as offending members of the LGBTQ community, and while it certainly doesn’t dismiss the whole issue, his tearful apology is certainly a step in the right direction.
Watch the apology below: