The CEO of Australian television company Foxtel is drawing a lot of flak for his distasteful comments directed at Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke. According to a report from SFF Gazette, Foxtel executive Patrick Delany was delivering a speech before the screening of the first episode of the highly anticipated GOT prequel series House of the Dragon which premieres this Sunday.
The outlet reported that Delany attempted to crack a joke, admitting that he just recently joined the Game of Thrones bandwagon. Shortly after that, he gave a short reaction to one of the episodes he saw and described Emilia Clarke as a "short, dumpy girl". He reportedly said: "I was like, ‘What’s this show with the short, dumpy girl walking into the fire?'"
In a follow-up by Vanity Fair, it was reported that Delany's comments shocked audiences with some of them responding with gasps and understandably so. A network representative issued a statement addressing Delany's inappropriate remarks and embarrassingly, it looks like Foxtel is trying its best to cover up their CEO's blunder.
The statement 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."
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Emilia has yet to release a statement of her own but considering her impeccable humor, I'm pretty sure she took zero offense to 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 hit HBO Max this Sunday, August 21st.