Foxtel CEO calls Emilia Clarke a ‘little and chubby girl’

Emilia Clarke didn’t get the typical red carpet treatment at the Australian premiere of ‘House of Dragon’ on Tuesday.

The British actress was instead branded “short and chubby” by Patrick Delany, the CEO of Australian television subscription company Foxtel.

Delany appeared at the Sydney Shindig to address the audience before previewing the first episode of HBO’s highly anticipated prequel series Game of Thrones.

“I was like, ‘What’s this show about the little chubby girl walking on fire?'” Delaney remarked, referring to the famous scene where Clarke walks into a campfire to hatch her dragons, Crikey reported. The Australian news agency noted that the audience was audibly shocked.

“It felt like he expected us to have a laugh, but the people in the room were obviously shocked,” one partygoer told the publication, while another added, “There was a bit of a gasp.”

Australia’s Green Party Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said the comment “fell like a lead balloon,” according to the Sydney Morning Herald. Film critic Travis Johnson, who also attended the premiere, tweeted that he “reached out to my mate for clarification as I just didn’t think anyone would say that on the mic.”

A company spokesman immediately apologized for Delany’s comment, saying, “Foxtel Group apologizes if his comments were misunderstood and caused offense.”

The statement continued: “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 being relatively unknown to one of the most recognized and loved actresses on television and film became .”

The Post has reached out to Clarke’s rep for comment on the incident.

Emilia Clarke
Clarke famously played Daenerys Targaryen in HBO’s fantasy series Game of Thrones.

Clarke, 35, appeared in the legendary HBO fantasy series Game of Thrones from 2011 to 2019.

“House of the Dragon” will air on HBO Max and HBO on August 21 – following the House of Taegaryn 200 years before the parent show.

The series stars Matt Smith, Olivia Cooke, Paddy Considine, Emma D’Arcy, Milly Alcock and Rhys Ifan. While the drama is said to have scaled back its sex scenes, Smith, 39, still wondered if the 10-episode season had done so to a lot of.

“You ask yourself, ‘Do we need another sex scene?’ “Yeah – a little too much if you ask me,” the 39-year-old star recently told Rolling Stone. “And they say, ‘Yes, we do.’ I think you have to ask yourself, “What are you doing? Do you represent the books or do you dilute the books to represent time? [we’re living in]?’”

The Crown star added, “And I actually think it’s your job to truthfully and honestly portray the books as they were written.”

"house of the dragon" with Matt Smith set 200 years before the start of "thrones."
“House of Dragon” with Matt Smith is set 200 years before the start of “Game of Thrones”.
Photo by Ollie Upton/HBO Foxtel CEO calls Emilia Clarke a ‘little and chubby girl’

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