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Posted: 11:36 a.m. Thursday, June 5, 2014

Jonah Hill issues lengthy apology on "The Tonight Show" 

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March 2: 86th Academy Awards red carpet
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HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Actor Jonah Hill attends the Oscars held at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

By Jennifer Brett

Actor Jonah Hill issued another, longer apology on "The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon" this week following earlier apologies made after he used a gay slur following an encounter with a photographer:

"This weekend I was out with some friends. There was a paparazzi guy and he was antagonizing me and calling me names, attacking me personally and my family personally. I was genuinely hurt by this. 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. I think that doesn't matter. Words have weight and meaning. The word I chose was grotesque. No one deserves to say or hear words like that. I've been a supporter of the LBGTQ community my entire life and I completely let the members of that community and everybody else down when I used a word like that. My heart's broken and I genuinely am deeply sorry to anyone who's ever been affected by that term in their life. I'm sorry. I don't deserve or expect your forgiveness but what I ask is that at home, if you're watching this and you're a young person especially, if someone says something that hurts or angers you, use me as an example of what not to do. Don't respond with hatred or anger because you're just adding more ugliness to the world."

Host Jimmy Fallon thanked him for his sincerity.

"I know I'm usually funny and stuff but this wasn't funny," Hill said. "It was stupid and I deserve the s*** I'm going to get for it."

"It's good that you came out here and told us all," Fallon responded. "Thank you."

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