Last week, Howard Stern said some pretty nasty things about Golden Globe-winning actress and writer Lena Dunham, but just a few days later, he issued an apology.

And not long after that, he got to issue another mea culpa -- to Dunham herself.

In his initial rant, Stern called Dunham “a fat little girl” he thinks resembles Jonah Hill, and said her numerous sex scenes on 'Girls' were like "rape."

Then, in the most backhanded of compliments, he added, "[But] good for her. It's hard for little fat chicks to get anything going."

People -- especially those possessing vaginas -- didn't care for his remarks one bit, but Lena had a pretty good sense of humor about the whole thing.

During an appearance on David Letterman's show later in the week, she quipped, "I think that's the essence of life's struggle, isn't it? Before you go to bed tonight, before your head hits the pillow, please consider little fat chicks and how hard it is to get things going."

By Monday, Stern had seen the error of his ways (and perhaps an approaching mob of villagers and pitchforks) and apologized, saying he'd based his opinions on just the first two episodes of the popular series.

"I felt bad because I really do love the show," he told his listeners. "I admire the girl who writes it. 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."

Um. Thanks?

Regardless, a couple days later, Dunham herself called in to Stern's radio show to accept his apology.

"I realize: Not only am I addicted, but I totally get you," Stern admitted. "I'm in love with you and your character. I just wanted to tell you that I love you, and I think you're terrific."

But while Lena was gracious, she did take issue with Stern's comments about her weight: "I'm not that fat, Howard. I’m not super-thin, but I'm thin for, like, Detroit.”

"You're not obese or anything," Stern agreed, to which the actress replied, "Thank you. Another thing for my gravestone."

And in the end, she told him, “Whether you'd [have apologized] or not, I'd have remained a [Howard Stern] enthusiast.”

Props to her. We may sometimes think her show's overrated, but her sense of forgiveness and self-deprecation are pretty golden.

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