Jonah Hill may not have exactly fell into the same hole as Alec Baldwin when he used an anti-gay slur against a paparazzo who was harassing him, but the "Wolf of Wall Street" actor was may more apologetic. He immediately recognized his mistake and apologized more than once for allowing himself to react in the way he did. In an interview with "Extra's" AJ Calloway on Friday, Hill along with his "22 Jump Street" co-star Channing Tatum discussed Hill's recent public apology.
Hill, who was harassed and insulted by the paparazzi before he fired back with the homophobic slur, understood firsthand how words can hurt and expressed that in his apology made on "The Tonight Show." He explained to host Jimmy Fallon on June 3, "I think the whole situation was and is heartbreaking and if anything I would like to let my mistake be a lesson to anyone who's feeling insecure at any moment and does something stupid and says something stupid."
Hill went on to further explain that his response and quick reaction in the situation was hit back verbally with the most hurtful words he could think of. The use of the homophobic slur was a reactionary measure and was not meant in a homophobic way. But Hill recognized how much the "disgusting" word could hurt and the meaning it carries, which is one of the main reasons for his heartfelt apology. He told "Extra" that he wanted own up to his mistake and hope others can also learn from it.
If there is any question on how sincere Hill was with his apology, his co-star and buddy, Channing Tatum, stood behind the apology, explaining the kind of person he knows Hill to be. He said, "I'll jump in and just say that I think most of the time when people have to go on and sort of apologize for something it might not come off all that well because it's not actually like what they mean. I can honestly say that is not who he is. It came off well and he did it well because he really means it, that wasn't who he was that day."
The incident occurred just a couple of weeks before "22 Jump Street" hits theaters and has overshadowed the movie a bit. Hill is hopeful it doesn't have any effect on the movie or how fans view him. He made it clear in his apology that is "genuinely and deeply sorry to anyone who has ever been affected by the term (he used) in their life," as he felt like he let the LGBT community down.