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Actor Jonah Hill apologizes for using homophobic slur

By Steve Almasy, CNN
updated 8:31 AM EDT, Thu June 5, 2014
In the August 2014 issue of GQ magazine, Kanye West gives a few head-scratching quotes. One of the most perplexing was his comparison of celebrities to African-Americans in the '60s: "I talked about the idea of celebrity, and celebrities being treated like blacks were in the '60s, having no rights, and the fact that people can slander your name," he recalled of his wedding toast. "And I had to say this in a position where I, from the art world, am marrying Kim. And how we're going to fight to raise the respect level for celebrities so that my daughter can live a more normal life." Of course, this isn't the first time a celebrity -- including West -- has said something provocative: In the August 2014 issue of GQ magazine, Kanye West gives a few head-scratching quotes. One of the most perplexing was his comparison of celebrities to African-Americans in the '60s: "I talked about the idea of celebrity, and celebrities being treated like blacks were in the '60s, having no rights, and the fact that people can slander your name," he recalled of his wedding toast. "And I had to say this in a position where I, from the art world, am marrying Kim. And how we're going to fight to raise the respect level for celebrities so that my daughter can live a more normal life." Of course, this isn't the first time a celebrity -- including West -- has said something provocative:
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STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Hill says he was being followed by photographer making remarks about Hill's family
  • Actor says the disgusting word doesn't represent his feelings about gay people
  • A clip of the incident was posted on TMZ
  • Hill is a two-time Oscar nominee

(CNN) -- Actor Jonah Hill told radio host Howard Stern on Tuesday that he lost his cool with a paparazzo and is heartbroken that he used a "disgusting" homophobic slur.

Celebrity gossip site TMZ early Tuesday morning released a video of the incident in which Hill tells a man following him to "Suck my d---, you f-----."

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The actor, who was nominated for Academy Awards for his roles in the 2011 film "Moneyball" and last year's "The Wolf of Wall Street," told Stern he never meant to insult gay people.

"I played into exactly what he wanted and lost my cool and in that moment I said a disgusting word that does not at all reflect how I feel about any group of people," he told Stern.

TMZ posted a one-minute clip shot by a photographer who at one point mocks Hill's shorts. Hill said the photographer had been following him all day and saying "hurtful things about my family."

"It would break my heart to think that anyone would think, especially with all the work that I have done and all the loved ones that I have, that I would be against anyone for their sexuality," Hill said.

Hill added that he has long been a gay rights advocate. Before the Winter Olympics in Russia, Hill took a public stance against Moscow's anti-gay laws. He tweeted: "Help us show Russia & the world that #LoveConquersHate" while wearing a T-shirt bearing the hashtag message in Russian.

His new film with Channing Tatum, "22 Jump Street," is scheduled to open on June 13.

CNN sent a request for comment to Hill's publicist but had not heard back late Tuesday.

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