Jonah Hill recently called a papparazzo a “f—–” in a video captured by TMZ and, after extensively apologizing for using the slur in a radio interview with Howard Stern, he addressed the situation again on Tuesday night’s Tonight Show.
“How you mean things doesn’t matter. Words have weight and meaning, and the word I chose was grotesque,” Hill told Jimmy Fallon somberly. “No one deserves to say or hear words like that.”
The 22 Jump Street star continued, saying, “My heart’s broken and I genuinely am deeply sorry to anyone who’s ever been affected by that term in their life, and I’m sorry, and I don’t deserve or expect your forgiveness. But what I 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 to the world.”
Watch Hill’s full statement here: