TV Network Apologizes After CEO Comments On ‘Game Of Thrones’ Star Emilia Clarke

That's no way to talk about the Mother of Dragons!

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An Australian television network has issued an apology after their CEO made inappropriate comments about Emilia Clarke while discussing her appearance in Game of Thrones.

During a speech ahead of a screening of the first episode of House of the Dragon, HBO’s new Game of Thrones prequel series, Foxtel CEO Patrick Delany made an ill-judged attempt at a joke about the original series’ star Emilia Clarke. Foxtel is the Australian network that airs both Game of Thrones and now House of the Dragon in Australia.

The network has been forced to apologize after Delany caused offence by referring to Emilia Clarke, who appears in Game of Thrones as Daenerys Targaryen, as a “short, dumpy girl.”

Foxtel Apologizes

In his speech ahead of the House of the Dragon screening, Delany spoke about being late to the party on Game of Thrones, saying “I was like, ‘What’s this show with the short, dumpy girl walking into the fire?’.”

The joke reportedly did not go down well with the audience, eliciting gasps from the crowd. A spokesperson from Foxtel has now issued an apology for the remarks made at the House of the Dragon premiere, though the statement seems to fail to recognize the offence caused and pins the blame on Delany’s comments about Emilia Clarke being “misunderstood” by the audience.

Foxtel’s official apology for the CEO’s comments on Game of Thrones‘ Emilia Clarke reads:

“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 and most-loved actors in television and film. On behalf of Mr Delany, the Foxtel Group apologies if his remarks were misunderstood and caused any offense.”

Emilia Clarke is yet to comment on the remarks, but needless to say it’s not a good look for Foxtel and their CEO ahead of the release of the new Game of Thrones prequel. House of the Dragon will follow the story of the ancestors of Clarke’s Daenerys, as civil war breaks out in House Targaryen.

Here is the synopsis:

Based on George R.R. Martin’s book Fire & Blood, the series will tell the story of House Targaryen (a.k.a. the House that gave us the Mother of Dragons herself, Daenerys Targaryen) and take place 300 years before the events of Game of Thrones.

Miguel Sapochnik and Ryan J. Condal serve as co-showrunners on House of the Dragon and are executive producing alongside George R. R. Martin. The series features a star-studded cast that includes Matt Smith, Olivia Cooke, Emma D’Arcy, Paddy Considine, Rhys Ifans, Steve Toussaint, Eve Best and Sonoya Mizuno.

House Of The Dragon is set to premiere on HBO on August 22nd, 2022. Stay tuned for all the latest news on the upcoming shows and be sure to subscribe to Heroic Hollywood’s YouTube channel for more original video content.

Source: Vanity Fair