Jonah Hill Offers Apology After Firing Off Gay Slur at Paparazzi Stalkers

Posted Tuesday June 3, 2014 11:15 AM GMT

Nobody likes to be followed, and Jonah Hill had a hard time controlling his mouth when a few shutterbugs refused to leave him alone.

The “22 Jump Street” stud went shopping in Los Angeles’ Larchmont neighborhood when the paparazzi started creeping, with one of them commenting on Hill’s less-than-stylish floral print board shorts- “I like the shorts though, bro. They are pretty sexy.”

Jonah and his buddies tried to ignore the photographers, but when it became too much, Hill blurted out, “Suck my d*ck, you f*ggot!”

In the aftermath, Hill told Howard Stern today (June 3) that he’s devastated to have said what he did- “This is a heartbreaking situation for me. I'm upset because from the day I was born, and publicly, I've been a gay rights activist. Now, this person, you saw a 40-second video. This person had been following me around—just to give it some context, 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."

"In that moment I said a disgusting word that does not at all reflect how I feel about any group of people. I grew up with gay family members. I'm leaving here to go spend the day with one of my closest co-workers and best friend who is gay, who's getting married, who I'm going to stand at his wedding. You know? I'm 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 and how they mean, they are rooted in hate, and that's bullsh*t. I shouldn't have said that."

Furthermore, said Jonah, "Look, I think I'm pretty good at being in movies. I am not good at being a famous person. I'm just not! I think there are some people who are meant for it. If you call me ugly, if you call family members of mine drug addicts and maniacs, I am eventually going to lose my cool. Now what I said in that moment was disgusting and a hurtful term. I should have either said nothing or just 'f*ck you.' instead I used a word that I don't use in my personal life.”

“It's not part of my vernacular. 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 for anyone to 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."

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