Jonah Hill sounded contrite on Tuesday after getting caught hurling a homophobic slur at a pesky paparazzo over the weekend.
The “22 Jump Street” star talked about the incident on “The Howard Stern Show,” saying that the photographer had been following him all day saying “really hurtful things about my family.”
A video clip had surfaced showing the photographer following Hill and a friend as they walked down a Los Angeles sidewalk.
At one point the paparazzo teased Hill, who was wearing printed shorts, telling him: “I like the shorts though, bro. They are pretty sexy.”
The photographer kept following them down one street after another until giving up and saying, “Have a good day.”
That’s when Hill snapped and told the photog to “suck my d***, you f****t.”
On Stern’s show, Hill called the incident “heartbreaking” and admitted that “what I said in that moment was disgusting and a hurtful term.”
“Just to give it some context, not excusing what I said in any way, this (paparazzo) 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," he said.
“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 ... it would break my heart to think that anyone would think, especially with all the work that I've done and all the loved ones I have, that I would be against anyone for their sexuality.”
He told Stern that he spent the rest of the day with a gay friend who is getting married soon.