Actor Jonah Hill apologized, during his appearance on “The Howard Stern Show” on Tuesday, for using a homophobic word against a photographer, according to media reports.
Hill, who has been nominated for Academy Awards for his roles in “Moneyball” and “The Wolf of Wall Street,” told host Howard Stern that there was no excuse for the “disgusting” words he used. The apology came after celebrity gossip website TMZ posted a video Monday night in which the 30-year-old actor told a photographer, who made comments regarding his outfit, “Suck my d---, you f-----.”
"I'm upset because from the day I was born and publicly I've been a gay rights activist. I grew up with gay family members," Hill reportedly told Stern.
“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,” Hill reportedly said, adding: “I shouldn't have said that.”
"Look, I think I'm pretty good at being in movies. I am not good at being a famous person. I'm just not!"
Hill reportedly said that the photographer had been following him for almost the entire day and had been saying “hurtful things about my family” and “really hurtful things about me personally.”
"I played into exactly 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," Hill reportedly told Stern.
He went on adding: “It would break my heart to think that anyone would think, especially with all the work that I have done and all the loved ones that I have, that I would be against anyone for their sexuality.”
According to reports, Hill has long been a gay-rights activist and had promoted Human Rights Campaign, a Washington-based LGBT civil rights group.
— Jonah Hill (@JonahHill) November 4, 2013