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Lena Dunham Calls in to Howard Stern, Is a Great Sport About "Little Fat Girl" Crack

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Howard Stern and Lena Dunham might just be kindred spirits yet!

At the shock jock's behest, the Golden Globe-winning Girls star called in to The Howard Stern Show this morning to hear the Sirius-XM Radio host eat his words—and, in so doing, she proved even further what a darn fine sport she is.

"I was thinking out loud," Stern explained himself to the writer-actress, nine days after bashing her looks and her scene-stealing ways on Girls. "That's what I do, I just kind of ramble on."

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He then realized, he said, that after watching three more episodes of Girls, "Not only am I addicted, but I totally get you. I'm in love with you and your character...So I came in and said to Robin, on the air, ‘I changed my mind. I love the show. And I love Lena and I love what she's doing with it.'"

"It's not about apologizing," he added, "although I want to say I'm a fan of yours...I love you and I think you're terrific."

Stern had also talked up Dunham's scheduled call earlier in the morning, saying, "I have an opportunity to say, 'Hey, Lena. I watched your show and I hated it at first, but I stuck with it and now I love it. That's the story. And, yeah, I was disturbed by you naked, and now I like when you're naked. I don't know, I had a change of heart."

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Dunham had already publicly laughed off Stern's pre-Golden Globes crack about her being a "little fat girl who kind of looks like Jonah Hill," and Stern expressed regret over his comments on Monday, calling himself a converted Girls "superfan."

But, though she kept a cool head, Dunham didn't exactly love the radio icon's rough description of her.

"I'm a big fan of your particular brand of free speech," she reiterated. As for the dig about her weight, however, she protested, "I'm not that fat, Howard. 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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"You're not obese or anything," Stern offered, immediately realizing how that sounded.

"Howard Stern says I'm 'not obese or anything!'" Dunham said, mock-gratefully. "This is all coming out horribly," protested Stern.

"I appreciate it and I appreciate your effort to rectify," Dunham assured him. "But whether you'd done that or not, I'd have remained a [Stern] enthusiast."

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