Early in the show, Howard addressed news reports about his 'Girls' review: "For the most part, I just sit here and sort of think out loud. I don't have the luxury of an editor." He'd struggled with the show at first, but has now come around--a testament to the show's quality: "I felt really good about what I had to say about the show because I'm a superfan now. I almost went to the premiere the other night."
Howard went on to compare 'Girls' creator/writer/director/star Lena Dunham to Woody Allen, and apologized for his incendiary first-take: "I felt bad because I really do love the show 'Girls' and enjoy it and I admire the girl who writes it." It's regrettable that several news sources only reported his first reaction, and not the next day's rave review: "It was a hatchet job. Plain and simple." Howard hoped to apologize to Lena in person later this week.