Howard Stern reaches out to Lena Dunham to clarify "little fat chick" comment

The radio host says his quote was taken out of context.

By Prachi Gupta
January 15, 2013 3:45AM (UTC)
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After calling her a "little fat girl" on air last week, Howard Stern is trying to take back (some of) his criticism of "Girls" creator Lena Dunham, saying today, "It makes me feel bad and I think she is getting the impression that I somehow think she’s just a talentless little fat chick." In the clip put out by Sirius, however, the shock jock doesn't seem to be apologizing for calling Dunham names, but rather, for the journalists who he claims took his quotes "out of context," calling it "a hatchet job."

But it's hard to see what was taken out of context from the original program, partially taped here. Stern said on Jan. 7, "I like 'Sex and the City,' but this 'Girls''s a little fat girl who looks like Jonah Hill and keeps taking her clothes off and it kind of feels like a rape...I don't want to see that." Calling himself "brave" for watching the show, Stern continued, "Well then I learn that this little fat chick writes the show and directs the show and that makes sense to me because she's such a camera hog that the other characters barely are on." He added, "Good for her. It's hard for little fat chicks to get anything going." He also clarified that if it were up to him, he'd have stopped watching after episode 2. "I'm forcing myself to watch it," he said.


Dunham, for one, removed all the power from Stern's punch, telling David Letterman last week that Stern's rant "put me in the best mood! I just want to be like, my gravestone says, ‘She was a little fat chick, and she got it going.’”

Stern said today that he's reaching out to Dunham to explain his comments. "I felt bad because I really do love the show 'Girls," and enjoy it and admire the girl who writes it," he said. Watch the clip below:

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Prachi Gupta is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on pop culture. Follow her on Twitter at @prachigu or email her at

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