A television network has issued an apology after its CEO made offensive remarks about Emilia Clarke.
n Wednesday August 17, the boss of Foxtel, which broadcasts Game of Thrones in Australia, called the Daenerys actor “short and stocky” during a premiere of the new spin-off series.
In a speech ahead of the Sydney premiere of the House of the Dragon prequel, Patrick Delany reportedly said of his first experience with Game of Thrones: “I was like, ‘What the hell is this? show with the chunky little girl who walks through the fire?’”
There was reportedly a ‘cold’ reaction from the crowd, with one member of the public telling the outlet that ‘there was a little gasp’, and another adding: ‘It was like he was expected us to laugh, but the people in the room were obviously shocked.
Delany’s comments were explained by a Foxtel Group spokesperson, who released a statement following the report.
“The point was to convey that for him, Games of Thrones was something very different for television in 2011 and that Emilia Clarke went from relatively unknown to one of the most recognized and beloved actors in the world. television and film,” the statement read.
“On behalf of Mr. Delany, Foxtel Group apologizes if his remarks were misunderstood and caused any offence.”
Clarke has yet to comment on the information.
House of the Dragon takes place hundreds of years before the events of Thrones and follows the story of the Targaryen Civil War.