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Crossing the line: The Girls sex scenes even HBO doesn’t want you to see

Lena Dunham and Allison Williams in Girls.

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Just as there are boundaries in every relationship, there are limits to what HBO will allow Girls to show viewers.

And for all the rampant on-screen nudity and offbeat sexual scenarios depicted on Lena Dunham's Girls (remember when Hannah's boyfriend peed on her in the shower?), executive producer Judd Apatow says there have been a few instances when the cable network bosses have exercised their censor prerogative.

Best known for big-screen hits like The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Knocked Up, Apatow made the surprising admission during a recent address to students at Loyala Marymount University in Los Angeles.

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"There have been things on Girls where HBO has said to us, 'If we put this on TV, we literally could lose our license to broadcast'," admitted the 46-year-old screenwriter and director.

Naturally, Apatow declined to elaborate on the specific scenes that were forbidden by HBO, or when they were planned during Girls' three-season run. "Let's just say it's something you see in adult film. Elements of sexual intercourse. The high points of sexual intercourse," he said.

But since he's a pragmatic sort of guy (and possibly because he once topped the list of Hollywood's 50 Smartest People), Apatow said he completely understood why HBO excised the boundary-bending scenes.

"Cause you're home watching HBO," he told students. "You watch Hope Floats, then you see that on Girls. It's good. It's all good. And I understand that. But that's our job, to try and figure out where the line is."

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