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Jonah Hill has apologized for using a “disgusting” homophobic slur while talking to a paparazzo over the weekend.
The 22 Jump Street star was being followed by the photographer in L.A.’s Larchmont area when he said, “Suck my d—, you f—-t.” (TMZ first posted the video.)
On Tuesday morning, Hill appeared on Howard Stern‘s radio show, where he said he shouldn’t have used the “disgusting” word and called it a “heartbreaking situation.”
“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,” Hill said. “In that moment, I said a disgusting word that does not at all reflect how I feel about any group of people.”
He also noted that he’s publicly advocated for gay rights for a long time and has gay family members and friends. He also spoke out against Russia’s anti-gay laws ahead of the Sochi Olympics.
“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 and how they mean — they are rooted in hate, and that’s bullshit, and I shouldn’t have said that,” Hill told Stern.
Hill is in the midst of a publicity blitz for 22 Jump Street. The sequel, which reunites him with Channing Tatum, hits theaters June 13.
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