An emotional Jonah Hill went on the The Tonight Show Tuesday night to offer a second, sincere apology for his homophobic outburst at a photographer.
Hill lost his cool after being followed by several photographers while walking with a friend in Los Angeles' Larchmont district over the weekend.
When one paparazzo tried to elicit a response by teasing him about his outfit, Hill, who admits he "sucks at being a famous person," took the bait.
Jonah's gay slur - “suck my d--k, you f----t" - went viral immediately.
He won praise for his prompt and sincere apology on Howard Stern's radio show yesterday, and offered an encore of sorts to Jimmy Fallon.
Acknowledging the gravity of his anti-gay language, Hill asked The Tonight Show host if he could talk to the audience on his program as well.
The actor looked mortified as he tried to explain that he was upset and just wanted to use “the most hurtful word I could think of at that moment.”
"I didn’t mean it in the sense of the word, I didn’t mean it in a homophobic way,” he said, his voice cracking with emotion. “I think that doesn’t matter."
"How you mean things doesn’t matter. Words have weight and meaning. The word I chose was grotesque and no one deserves to say or hear words like that.”
"My heart’s broken and I am genuinely and deeply sorry to anyone who has ever been affected by that term in their life,” the 30-year-old star continued.
Hill insists he's not looking for forgiveness as he doesn't think he deserves it, but does hope his actions can serve as a life lesson to his young fans:
"Use me as an example of what not to do,” he urged, “and don't respond with hatred or anger. Because you're just adding more ugliness to the world.”