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Foxtel apologises after CEO Patrick Delany calls Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke a ‘short, dumpy girl’

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Foxtel has apologised after its chief executive Patrick Delany called Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke a “short, dumpy girl” at the Sydney premiere of the show’s blockbuster spin-off House of the Dragon.

Delany was telling the guests gathered at Sydney’s Entertainment Quarter about his first time watching Game of Thrones when he made the comment, Crikey reported.

Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke and Foxtel boss Patrick Delany (inset).Credit:AP; supplied

“I was like, ‘What’s this show with the short, dumpy girl walking into the fire?’,” Delany said, referring to a scene in which Clarke, playing character Daenerys Targaryen, walks into a bonfire to hatch her dragons.

Sarah Hanson-Young, Greens senator and spokesperson for the arts, attended the event and said the comment “went down like a lead balloon”.

Emilia Clarke stars as Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones, which concluded in 2019.

Emilia Clarke stars as Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones, which concluded in 2019.Credit:ninevms

“[It’s] not just out of place in modern Australia, but with a strong theme of the new series being the fight for women’s leadership, and with such strong female leads, it seemed particularly odd.”

“The show itself was great – the story of strong, young women taking on the old, entitled boys’ club is on point.”

Another attendee said, “There was a distinct lack of oxygen in the room after he said it.”

Film critic Travis Johnson, who also attended the premiere, tweeted that he “turned to my mate for clarification as I simply didn’t believe someone would say that on mic”.




Foxtel has apologised after its chief executive Patrick Delany called Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke a “short, dumpy girl” at the Sydney premiere of the show’s blockbuster spin-off House of the Dragon.

Delany was telling the guests gathered at Sydney’s Entertainment Quarter about his first time watching Game of Thrones when he made the comment, Crikey reported.

Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke and Foxtel boss Patrick Delany (inset).

Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke and Foxtel boss Patrick Delany (inset).Credit:AP; supplied

“I was like, ‘What’s this show with the short, dumpy girl walking into the fire?’,” Delany said, referring to a scene in which Clarke, playing character Daenerys Targaryen, walks into a bonfire to hatch her dragons.

Sarah Hanson-Young, Greens senator and spokesperson for the arts, attended the event and said the comment “went down like a lead balloon”.

Emilia Clarke stars as Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones, which concluded in 2019.

Emilia Clarke stars as Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones, which concluded in 2019.Credit:ninevms

“[It’s] not just out of place in modern Australia, but with a strong theme of the new series being the fight for women’s leadership, and with such strong female leads, it seemed particularly odd.”

“The show itself was great – the story of strong, young women taking on the old, entitled boys’ club is on point.”

Another attendee said, “There was a distinct lack of oxygen in the room after he said it.”

Film critic Travis Johnson, who also attended the premiere, tweeted that he “turned to my mate for clarification as I simply didn’t believe someone would say that on mic”.

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