Skip to main content

Lena Dunham Breaks Her Silence on Her Alleged Feud with Melissa Joan Hart — "I've Never Met Melissa Joan Hart"

Yeah, we're confused about this one too.

Today in surprising celebrity beefs, Lena Dunham and Melissa Joan Hart may or may not be furious with each other. And it really seems like they don't know either. In fact, Dunham called in to the Who? Weekly podcast to address rumors that she and the Sabrina the Teenage Witch were at-odds with each other. "I'm not in a feud with anyone. I literally live in London and barely leave my home," she said. 

Like all good celebrity gossip, this beef started with DeuxMoi. The Instagram dedicated to celebrity blind gossip and celebrity sightings regularly publishes tips from followers. But in this case, they might've gotten things just a bit wrong. 

The blind claimed that Dunham and Hart were longtime "frenemies" (that's friends who are really enemies) and knew each other through Clarissa Explains it All creator Mitchell Kriegman. Allegedly, Hart "has it out for Lena Dunham," Entertainment Weekly reports the blind said. It claimed that "Lena's dad was friends with the creator of Clarissa Explains It All," i.e. the show that Hart starred in as a child. And continued that the two allegedly got into a fight at a dinner party over "child drag queens," leading to some serious beef.Another tipster claimed that "Anjelica Huston said some very nasty things about Lena Dunham the other night at a party" due to things that Hart told her. 

There are so many things going on here. The fact that these two allegedly knew each other. Fighting over child drag queens. The Anjelica Huston of it all. So much so that Hart apparently felt compelled to respond to these crazy claims on Instagram.

"So I don't normally pay any attention to the tabloid rumor mill but numerous friends have asked me about my 'rivalry' with @lenadunham and I'm truly confused," she wrote on November 11. "We have no 'beef,' and as far as I remember we haven't even had the pleasure of meeting let alone having enough of a relationship to warrant any time to discuss drag queens. Don't let them get you with flashy links as they pretend to give you hot gossip that doesn't exist. I'm a fan of Lena's work and all that she does to support females in our industry and hope to share a latte someday."

Dunham also seemed really confused by the whole malicious rumor, and called in to celebrity gossip podcast Who? Weekly on November 22 after they'd reported the story the week before. 

"I've never met Melissa Joan Hart, never been in a room with her, never seen her. I did see all of Clarissa Explains It All and all of Sabrina the Teenage Witch," she said in her call to podcast hosts Bobby Finger and Lindsay Weber. Dunham added that she wanted to give her "exclusive thoughts' to the hosts because she loved the podcast.

"I only found out about this feud because Melissa Joan Hart said how much she was hearing about this feud," Dunham added, "but let's just say I didn't hear about this feud until Melissa Joan Hart talked about how much she was hearing about this feud, do you know what I mean?" 

"I don't think I've ever met Anjelica Huston," Dunham she added. "My father did play doubles tennis with Mitchell Kriegman, the creator of Clarissa Explains It All. He gave me a Clarissa Explains It All T-shirt when I was 7, and also a denim jacket. It was very cool for me because I wasn't a super popular child and it was exclusive cast gear. That being said, I never met Mitchel Kriegman, although I'm a fan and appreciate his support."

Thankfully, she ultimately found the whole thing to be pretty funny. "Having never met any of the people involved in this story, and having barely exited my home since the year 2018, it was definitely a surprise, and I'm not gonna say it didn't tickle me," she continued. "I am a consumer of fake gossip, so it's always interesting to me to see how the sausage gets made and then to hear you guys eat the sausage, spit it back out, and make something new with it."

So there you have it, this non-feud has hopefully been settled. Or as Dunham joked at the end of her call: "Love to everyone, including Melissa Joan Hart, because why not."