Actor Jonah Hill has continued his profuse public apology for using a homophobic slur, after The Inquisitr reported Tuesday that the star had issued a heartfelt mea culpa via the Howard Stern show.
In case you missed it, Jonah Hill was papped and snapped losing his cool over the weekend, and the exchange involved a homophobic insult.
Hill was being trailed by a photographer when he finally snapped, saying “suck my d***, f*****.”
While Jonah is a very open advocate of gay rights, the star admits that in a moment of anger, he resorted to a verbal retort that he himself describes as “disgusting,” adding use of the word is “rooted in hate.”
On Howard Stern yesterday, Hill owned up and admitted:
“I played into what he wanted and lost my cool, and in that moment, I said a disgusting word that does not at all reflect how I feel about any group of people.”
Instead of making excuses, however, Hill told Stern he’s “happy to take the heat for using this disgusting word,” and continued:
“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… It would break my heart to think that anyone would think that I would be against anyone for their sexuality.”
Later the same day, Jonah Hill appeared on Jimmy Fallon’s show to again take responsibility for the heat — and in an interview containing an apology Gawker calls nearly “diabolical” in its perfection, he told the host:
“I said the most hurtful word I could think of at that moment and, you know, I didn’t mean this in the sense of the word… I didn’t mean it in a homophobic way. And I think that doesn’t matter, you know? 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 and hear words like that.”
It’s true — and quite impressively, Hill adds:
“My heart’s broken and I genuinely am deeply sorry to anyone who’s been affected by that term in their life. I’m sorry and I don’t deserve or expect your forgiveness, but what I’ll ask is that 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 as an example of what not to do and don’t respond with hatred or anger, because you’re just adding more ugliness into the world and again, I’m just so sorry.”
Watch above as Jonah Hill talks to Jimmy Fallon about his choice of words, and why he doesn’t feel he deserves a pass.
[Image: Wolf Of Wall Street screencap]