Over the weekend, Wolf of Wall Street star Jonah Hill was caught on camera losing his cool and using a homophobic slur.
The 30-year-old was walking around Los Angeles with some friends while being tailed by the paparazzi. Per usual, the cameraman was trying to get a rise out of the star by making comments about his appearance. "I like the shorts though, bro. They are pretty sexy,” he said referring to Hill’s colorful summer clothing piece. The cameraman continued to pursue the actor and out of pure frustration, Hill exclaimed, “Suck my d**k, you f****t!” The video surfaced on TMZ.
On Tuesday, the actor made an appearance on Howard Stern’s radio show and delivered a sincere, honest apology: "I'm upset, because, from the day I was born, and publicly, I've been a gay rights activist," he kicked off with. “[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 thing about me personally, and I played into exactly what he wanted and lost my cool.”
He continued, "What I said in that moment was disgusting and a hurtful term I should have either said nothing or f**k you, instead I use a word 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 but it would break my heart for anyone to think I would be against anyone for their sexuality."
Stern was quick to defend Hill’s actions, due to the obsessive and rage-inducing behavior that the paparazzi often take on. “I have been around these paparazzi guys and what they do is… you try to even be nice. You try to say ‘Hey man, you wanna take a picture? Take a picture. Ask me a question, I’ll answer a question’ – what they continue to do is, they really attack you. They keep going at you. They’ll keep saying sh*t about you.” He went on to say, “any other private person would take them in a corner and f**kin’ punch ‘em out, but you can’t do that because you’re a celebrity.”