Clarke starred in Sport of Thrones with Home of the Dragon serving as a prequel sequence.
Addressing media on the occasion in Sydney, Foxtel CEO Patrick Delany referred to Clarke’s lead character Daenerys Targaryen, saying he was initially bemused when he first began watching Sport of Thrones. “I used to be like, ‘What’s this present with the quick, dumpy-looking woman who walks into the flames?’”
His feedback have been reportedly met with gasps on the occasion and sparked outrage after they went went viral all over the world.
A Foxtel spokesperson has since apologised for Delany’s feedback, claiming it was an try at self-deprecating humour.
“On behalf of Mr Delany, the Foxtel Group apologises if his remarks have been misunderstood and precipitated any offence,” the spokesperson informed Crikey, who broke the story.
Insisting Delany’s feedback have been meant to be “self-deprecating and lighthearted”, the apology continued, aspiring to convey the concept that Sport of Thrones had taken a beforehand unknown actress and catapulted her into the worldwide highlight.
“Emilia Clarke went from comparatively unknown to one of the recognised and most-loved actors in tv and movie,” the spokesperson mentioned.
Clarke, 35, doesn’t seem within the new present and was not current on the occasion the place the remarks have been made.
The Normal has contacted a consultant for Emilia Clarke for remark.
Home of the Dragon will premiere within the UK on Sky Atlantic and NOW on August 22.