A TV network has apologized after its CEO made offensive remarks about Emilia Clarke.
On Wednesday (August 17), the boss of Foxtel, which broadcast Game of Thrones in Australia, described the Daenerys actor as “short and chubby” during a premiere event for the new spin-off series.
Speaking ahead of the premiere of the prequel House of the Dragon in Sydney, Patrick Delany reportedly said of his experience watching Game of Thrones for the first time: “I was like, ‘What kind of show is this with the little chubby one girl walking in fire ‘”
There was said to have been a “cold” reaction from the crowd, with one viewer telling the outlet that “it gasped a bit,” and another adding: “It felt like he expected us to join in the laughs, but the people in the room were obviously shocked by this.”
Delany’s comments were explained away by a Foxtel Group spokesman, who released a statement following the report.
“The goal was to convey that Games of Thrones 2011 was something very different for television and that Emilia Clarke went from relatively unknown to one of the most recognized and loved actresses in television and film,” the statement reads.
“On behalf of Mr. Delany, Foxtel Group apologizes if his comments were misunderstood and caused offense.”
Clarke has yet to comment on the reports.
Set hundreds of years before the events of Thrones, House of the Dragon follows the history of Targaryen’s civil war.
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