Jonah Hill has apologized for hurling a homophobic slur at a paparazzo who was hounding "The Wolf of Wall Street" star over the weekend.
When one of the trailing voices finally signs off with "have a good day, enjoy," an agitated Hill slings an explicit command, followed by a derogatory term for gay people, according to video footage obtained by TMZ. (Warning: Link contains explicit content.)
On Tuesday, Hill appeared on "The Howard Stern Show" and apologized for his remarks, calling the F-word he used "a disgusting word."
"This is a heartbreaking situation for me," an upset Hill said outright. "From the day I was born and publicly, I've been a gay rights activist."
"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," Hill said.
"And in that moment I said a disgusting word that does not at all reflect how I feel about any group of people."
Hill said he grew up with gay family members and that one of his coworkers -- who is also a best friend -- is gay and that Hill is going to stand at his wedding.
He and Stern commiserated about the harassment that celebrities get from shutterbugs, leading Hill to say that he's not the most diplomatic public figure.
The actor said that he doesn't use the word in his vernacular and personal life.
Incidentally, he believes he should have said "either nothing" or hurled a different F-word at the paparazzo.