Calling Lena Dunham a “little fat chick” might have been the smartest move Howard Stern’s made in the last several years. Not only did his remarks get repeated by Ms. Dunham while she was on Letterman on Friday, but his very public apology on Monday gave him some extra leverage to pull the Girls creator and star (and recent two-time Golden Globe winner) onto his program today.
Here’s what went down.
Stern lavished her with praise: “I realize: not only am I addicted, but I totally get you. I’m in love with you and your character.”
… but refused to “apologize” for his weight comments: “It’s not about apologizing, although I want to say I’m a fan of yours … I love you and I think you’re terrific.”
Lena insisted she supported Howard, despite the negative comments: “I’m a big fan of your particular brand of free speech.”
There was a little scuffle over word choice when describing her body:
Dunham: “I’m not super thin, but I’m thin for, like, Detroit.”
Stern replied that she wasn’t “obese or anything,” then realized his terrible choice of words.
Dunham: (laughing) “Howard Stern says I’m ‘not obese or anything’ … I appreciate it and I appreciate your effort to rectify [this], but whether you’d done that or not, I’d have remained a [Howard Stern] enthusiast.”
Now it’s time to talk about Donald Glover and race!
Dunham: “Donald was an actor we always wanted to work with. On HBO, you have 10 episodes. You start with 10 episodes. And it takes you a while to set up your world, to set up your main characters … While I understand the criticism, I felt like we had had only 10 episodes to dig in.”
As for the idea that her show was “too white”? “[Diversity on television is] a conversation that needs to happen. I’m glad to take one for the team.”
Mr. Stern admitted that he hadn’t watched enough episodes of Girls when he made that initial comment. But even last week he had begun changing his mind…specifically once he started a man-crushing on Adam Driver’s character in this scene from Season One: