CEO insults Emilia Clarke insensitively during the premiere of “House of the Dragon”
Last week, at the Sydney premiere for House of the Dragon, the chief executive at Australian broadcaster Foxtel startled audiences with an attack against Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke. Foxtel CEO Patrick Delany criticised the star of the show star, Emilia Clarke, by calling her a “short, dumpy girl” This was in reference to his reluctance to begin watching Game of Thrones at once. Foxtel has issued an apology, saying his comments were “misunderstood.”
Delany discussed his initial experience with “Game of Thrones” in his opening remarks. “I was like, ‘What’s this show with the short, dumpy girl walking into the fire?'” Delany made the following statement. Delany was referencing the iconic scene from the pilot episode in which Clarke’s Daenerys Targaryen walked through flames. While the Sydney premiere of House of the Dragon may have taken place, Clarke was not there and had no involvement with the film.
According to two participants, the response to the remark was “cold” According to Crikey, an onlooker described the atmosphere as one in which “It felt like he was expecting us to laugh along but people in the room were obviously shocked by it,” despite the obvious shock felt by those present. Someone else remarked, “There was a bit of a gasp,”
A representative for Foxtel Group informed that the remarks were humorously “self-deprecating” The goal, according to the spokesman, was to show that “Games of Thrones was something very different for television in 2011” and that “Emilia Clarke went from relatively unknown to one of the most recognised and most-loved actors on television and film.” Foxtel Group said, “On behalf of Mr. Delany, the Foxtel Group apologizes if his remarks were misunderstood and caused any offense.”
In the United States, House of the Dragon will premiere this coming Sunday on HBO, making it the first spin-off series based on the popular Game of Thrones franchise to actually show. The show is based on George R.R. Martin’s 2018 novel Fire & Blood and takes place 200 years before the events of Game of Thrones. Matt Smith, Paddy Considine, Emma D’Arcy, Rhys Ifans, Olivia Cooke, Steve Toussaint, Eve Best, Sonoya Mizuno, Fabien Frankel, and Graham McTavish are all a part of the ensemble cast. The episode chronicles the events leading up to the “Dance of the Dragons.” and the subsequent war of succession within House Targaryen.
Clarke, who was nominated for four Emmys for her work on “Game of Thrones,” will appear in the new Marvel series “Secret Invasion” on Disney+, though her role is yet unknown. As of yet, she has not addressed Delany’s criticisms.