Jonah Hill Lashes Out on Paparazzo in Homophobic Rant
UPDATED Jun. 3, 2014 AT 10:40AM
UPDATE: Jonah Hill spoke to Howard Stern on Tuesday morning after the clip came to light and apologized for his actions. "What I said in that moment was disgusting and a hurtful term. I should have said either nothing, or f--k you," he told Stern, adding that the situation is "heartbreaking" because he is a gay rights activist.
"Just to give it some context, not excusing what I said in anyway, 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," Hill explained. "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. What I won't allow... 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."
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Jonah Hill lost his cool. The 22 Jump Street actor, 30, was followed by photographers this weekend when he was walking with a friend in the Los Angeles neighborhood Larchmont.
Wearing printed shorts, a polo T-shirt, sneakers, and a baseball cap, Hill ignored the cameras for most of his stroll. One cameraman continued to try to speak to him, teasing the actor about his outfit by saying, "I like the shorts though, bro. They are pretty sexy."
As he walked away with his pal, turning down a side street, the paparazzo continued to follow him, finally giving up and saying to the star, "Have a good day."
Hill snapped back, throwing a homophobic slur at the man. "Suck my d--k, you f----t," he retorted to the photographer.
Back in 2012, Hill got into a Twitter feud with CNN's Don Lemon and made another statement that raised eyebrows. Lemon, who is openly gay, called Hill "a tool" on Twitter after he said hi to the actor in a hotel and commented that he thinks Hill "thought I was a bellman."
The Wolf of Wall Street star responded, "I said hi what do you want me to do move in with you? I was in a hurry. Didn't realize you were a 12 year old girl. Peace."
Speaking about the incident with journalist George Stroumboulopoulos, Lemon commented, "[His] response, I thought, was a bit homophobic."