comScore

WATCH LIVE: TRUMP IMPEACHMENT TRIAL ENTERS Q&A PHASE

Jonah Hill Delivers Emotional Apology on Fallon: ‘I Deserve the Sh*t I’m Going to Get’

In what has to be the most serious moment of Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show to date, actor Jonah Hill directly addressed the homophobic slur he used against a member of the paparazzi over the weekend. The audience may have laughed when he said he had something important he wanted to talk about, but they quickly fell silent when he began saying what he needed to say.

“Unfortunately this isn’t a joke,” Hill said, before explaining that when the paparazzo started attacking him personally he was “genuinely hurt” and in response said “the most hurtful word I could think of at that moment.”

“I didn’t mean this in the sense of the word, I didn’t mean it in a homophobic way,” he continued, his voice starting to break. “The word I chose was grotesque and no one deserves to say or hear words like that.”

Hill described himself as a “supporter of the LGBTQ community” for his whole life and said he had let every member of that community down by saying what he said. “My heart’s broken and I am genuinely and deeply sorry to anyone who has ever been affected by that term in their life.” He asked people watching at home to use him as “an example of what not to do.”

“I know I’m usually funny and stuff, but this wasn’t funny, it was stupid, and I deserve the shit I’m going to get for it,” he concluded.
Fallon inadvertently lightened things up by saying it’s good that Hill “came out” on his show to say what he did.

Watch video below, via NBC:

[Photo via screengrab]

— —

>> Follow Matt Wilstein (@TheMattWilstein) on Twitter

Have a tip we should know? [email protected]

Filed Under:

Follow Mediaite: