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Channing: Jonah isn’t homophobic

Channing Tatum says the homophobic slur Jonah Hill made is “not who he is”.

Jonah caused controversy this week after he was caught on camera using a homophobic slur towards a photographer, who he called a "f****t".

The actor has since apologised several times for saying what he did, and his friend and 21 Jump Street costar Channing is standing by him.

“I'll jump in and just say that I think most of the time when people have to go on and sort of apologise for something it might not come off all that well because it's not actually like what they mean,” Channing told Extra during a sit-down interview with both stars. “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.”

Jonah has said he understands why there was a backlash after his comments, and takes full responsibility for his words. The 30-year-old was mortified about losing his temper and made it clear he wasn’t excusing himself from wrongdoing.

“It’s never OK to use that kind of language," he said on Good Morning America. "I personally vow to never ever use that word again and I urge everyone to do the same… My heart’s broken and I genuinely am deeply sorry to anyone who’s ever been affected by that term in their life, and I’m sorry, and 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 you or angers you, use me as an example of what not to do.”

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