A TV network has issued an apology after its CEO made offensive remarks about Emilia Clarke.
Wednesday August 17, the boss of Foxtel, which broadcast game of thrones in Australia, described the Daenerys actor as “short and chunky” at a premiere for the new spin-off series.
In a speech ahead of the Sydney premiere of the prequel Dragon HousePatrick Delany reportedly said of his first viewing experience game of thrones“I was like, ‘What’s that show with the little chunky girl walking through the fire?'”
There was reportedly a ‘cold’ reaction from the crowd, with one member of the public telling the outlet: ‘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 goal was to pass that on to 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 television and film,” the statement read.
“On behalf of Mr. Delany, Foxtel Group apologizes if his remarks were misunderstood and offended anyone.”
Clarke has yet to comment on the information.
Dragon House takes place hundreds of years before the events of thronesand follows the story of the Targaryen Civil War.
The cast includes Paddy Considine, Rhys ifans and Matt Smith, who recently said he questioned how many sex scenes were needed while filming the HBO series.
The available series will be released in the US on Sunday August 21, with the UK premiere arriving at 2am on Sky Atlantic the following day. After the simulcast, it will be available to stream on NOW.