"22 Jump Street" star Jonah Hill Tuesday apologized for a homophobic slur he leveled at a paparazzi photographer over the weekend.

"I said a disgusting word that does not at all reflect how I feel about any group of people," Hill, 30, said in extensive remarks on Howard Stern's Sirius XM radio show, adding, "I am not at all defending my choice of words but I am happy to be the poster boy for thinking about what you say and how those words, even if you don't intend them . . . are rooted in hate. . . . I shouldn't have said that."

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Hill said the photographer "had been following me around all day, had been saying hurtful things about my family, really hurtful things about me personally, and I played into exactly what he wanted and lost my cool."

The actor said he "grew up with gay family members" and is a member of the wedding party of "one of my closest co-workers and best friend who is gay, who's getting married. . . . "