Jennifer Love Hewitt -- who was famously mocked for looking fuller-figured in a bikini in 2007 -- says she almost dumped her boyfriend Jamie Kennedy when he called her "pear ass."

"We had a rough patch in the beginning because the first time we went on vacation, I was going to be in a bikini, and I was very nervous," she said Tuesday on the late-night TBS talk show Lopez Tonight.

"I heard him coming down the hall, so I got in the cute bikini position.

"And he goes, 'Hey, my little pear ass.' "I said, 'I'm sorry, what did you say?'"

Hewitt, 30, then explained to Lopez that the remark wasn't a compliment. "Have you ever seen a pear?" she asked. "It starts thin, it gets fat and it never gets thin again. It's not cute. It's not a cute fruit."

She said they've since "worked it out" and now "we've embraced the pear."

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Kennedy "didn't mean" the remark in a mean way, she added. Said Hewitt, "He thought it was a compliment, I think."