Things got atypically serious on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Tuesday.
After he was filmed using a gay slur over the weekend, Jonah Hill apologized for his poor word choice during a Howard Stern radio interview. Later that night, he stressed his remorse on the NBC show.
"I'd actually like to address something, if that's OK to your audience," he told host Jimmy Fallon. The audience began to cheer, but the 30-year-old actor warned them, "Unfortunately, this isn't a joke."
The 22 Jump Street star then set the scene. "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," Hill explained. "In response, I wanted to hurt him back and I said the most hurtful word that 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."