Jonah had originally planned to promote ’22 Jump Street’ on ‘The Tonight Show’ on June 3, but after he was caught on tape making homophobic remarks, the actor instead decided to use his late-night appearance to address the controversy head-on and issue an emotional apology. Keep reading to watch!
Jonah Hill was undoubtedly out of line when he called a photographer a “f*****” over the weekend of May 31, but to his credit, he hasn’t shied away from apologizing as much as possible. After calling his comments “disgusting” and saying he was sorry on Howard Stern‘s radio show on June 3, he then went on The Tonight Show to apologize more with an extensive statement.
Jonah Hill Apologizes For Homophobic Comment
Sitting down next to host Jimmy Fallon, it was obvious that Jonah was uncomfortable and wanted to get something off his chest. And before Jimmy could even ask him any questions, Jonah asked if he could address the audience:
Yeah so, unfortunately this isn’t a joke. This weekend I was out with some friends and there was a paparazzi guy and he was antagonizing me and calling me names — attacking me personally and my family personally — and I was genuinely hurt by this, and made angry by this, and in response, I wanted to hurt him back and I said the most hurtful word that I could think of at that moment. And I didn’t mean this in the sense of the word. I didn’t mean it in a homophobic way. And I think that… that doesn’t matter — how you mean things doesn’t matter — words have weight in meaning. And the word I chose was grotesque and no one deserves to say or hear words like that. And I’ve been a supporter of the LGBTQ community my entire life and I completely let the members of that community and everybody else down when I used a word like that this weekend, and my heart’s broken and I’m genuinely and deeply sorry to anyone who’s ever been affected by that term in their life. I’m sorry and I don’t deserve or expect your forgiveness, but what I ask is at home, if you’re watching this — and you’re a young person, especially — if someone hurts you or angers you, use me as an example of what not to do and don’t respond with hatred or anger, just adding more ugliness to the world. And again, I’m just so sorry.
Jonah was obviously shaken up throughout his long apology — if you ask us, it was clear that he was truly ashamed and sorry about what he said. “I know I’m usually funny and stuff, but this wasn’t funny. It was stupid and I deserve the s**t I’m going to get for it,” the actor concluded.
Jonah Hill: Has He Apologized Enough?
Leave it to Jimmy Fallon to lighten the mood — after applauding Jonah for being sincere, he then added, “That’s good that you came out.” As the audience started to crack up, a more relaxed Jonah joked back, “He’s the host of The Tonight Show for a reason!”
Jonah’s right — what he said was absolutely disgusting and wrong. But he can’t change what he did, he can only make up for the mistake. And though we may never look at him the same way again, he’s definitely doing the right thing by using all of his public appearances to apologize for his actions profusely.
Update: Jonah appeared on Good Morning America on June 4, the morning after The Tonight Show, and though he reiterated how sorry and disgusted with himself he is, he said that the apologies he issued the day before appropriately encapsulated his feelings on the situation.
What do you think, HollywoodLifers? Was Jonah’s apology enough?
— Andrew Gruttadaro