Lena Dunham Calls Into Howard Stern's Radio Show: "I'm Not That Fat, Howard"

Celebrity News Jan. 16, 2013 AT 8:00PM
Lena Dunham; Howard Stern Lena Dunham; Howard Stern Credit: Jason Merritt/Getty; Brian Killian/WireImage.com

Typically brash Howard Stern surprised both fans and critics alike by issuing a public apology to Lena Dunham on his radio show Monday, Jan. 14, so the Girls creator did what any gracious Hollywood starlet would do: She called in.

The 26-year-old director/actress/writer dropped a line during Stern's SiriusXM Radio show Wednesday, Jan. 16, to reassure Stern that his comments were water under the bridge -- and call him out on one comment in particular.

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"I don't even know where to begin with all of this," an apologetic Stern began. "The reason I felt so awful was because when Perez Hilton wrote his article, he told half the story. ...I started to compare you to Woody Allen ... the whole thing came together for me.”

The shock jock, 59, continued with a declaration: "I guess I just wanted to tell you I love you and I think you're terrific."

On Monday, Jan. 7, Stern caused an angry buzz online after he slammed both Dunham and her hit HBO show Girls.

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"It's a little fat girl who kinda looks like Jonah Hill and she keeps taking her clothes off and it kind of feels like rape. She seems -- it's like -- I don't want to see that," he scoffed at the time.

Dunham admitted Wednesday that she first learned of his cruel comments after castmate Jemima Kirke, who is a huge fan of Stern's show, tipped her off that the radio host was comparing her to the Superbad actor.

"I thought that was a good line, actually," Stern chuckled, trying to make light of the situation.

Dunham responded gamely, but made sure to still get her point across.

"I'm not that fat, Howard," she said. "I don't mean to take major issue with you about this. I'm not super thin, but I'm thin for, like, Detroit."

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Stern agreed, explaining that he just meant that she often played up the "fat angle" on the show.

"You're not obese or anything," he allowed.

"Thank you. Another thing for my gravestone," Dunham laughed, referring to comments she made on the Late Show last Thursday, Jan. 10. "Howard Stern says, 'You're not obese or anything.'"

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