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TV boss draws major criticism for joking about Emilia Clarke’s body

Emilia was referred to as a “stocky little girl”.

The CEO of Australian television company Foxtel is drawing a lot of criticism for his distasteful comments about game of thrones starring Emilia Clarke. According to a report by SFF Gazette, Foxtel executive Patrick Delany was giving a speech ahead of the screening of the first episode of the highly anticipated OBTAINED prequel series Dragon House which begins this Sunday.

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The outlet reported that Delany tried to prank, admitting he had just joined the game of thrones moving train. Shortly after, he gave a short reaction to one of the episodes he saw and described Emilia Clarke as a “stocky little girl”. He reportedly said, “I was like, ‘What’s this show with the chunky little girl walking through the fire? “”

In a follow-up to Vanity Fair, it was reported that Delany’s comments shocked audiences, with some responding with understandably gasps. A representative for the network released a statement regarding Delany’s inappropriate remarks and, embarrassingly, it appears Foxtel is doing its best to cover up its CEO’s gaffe.

The statement read: “The aim 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 actors and the most beloved in television and film. On In Name of Mr. Delany, Foxtel Group apologizes if his remarks were misunderstood and offended anyone.”

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Emilia has yet to issue her own statement, but given her impeccable humor, I’m pretty sure she took no offense at Delany’s joke. Still, his controversial remark puts him in a bad light and it’s safe to assume he’ll think twice before cracking another joke at someone else’s expense.

House of the Dragon is set to arrive on HBO Max this Sunday, August 21.