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Emilia Clarke is rudely insulted by the CEO at the "House of the Dragon" premiere

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When he criticized Emilia Clarke at the Sydney premiere of House of the Dragon last week, the senior executive of Australian network Foxtel startled the audience.

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Foxtel CEO Patrick Delany called the beloved actress a "short, dumpy girl"

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Foxtel expressed regret and said his words had been "misunderstood."

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Two participants informed an Australian magazine that the reaction to the comment was "cold." One witness told Crikey, "It felt like he was expecting us to laugh along, but people in the room were surprised by it."

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he remarks, according to a Foxtel Group spokeswoman, were intended to be "self-deprecating" and humorous.

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The first Game of Thrones spin-off series, House of the Dragon, will make its American HBO debut on Sunday.

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The 2018 novel Fire & Blood by George R.R. Martin, on which the series is based, is set 200 years before the events of Game of Thrones.

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The ensemble cast features Matt Smith, Paddy Considine, Emma D'Arcy, Rhys Ifans, Olivia Cooke, Steve Toussaint, Eve Best, Sonoya Mizuno, Fabien Frankel, and Graham McTavish.

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The "Dance of the Dragons" and the demise of House Targaryen, which preceded their war of succession, are the main topics of the series.

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For her work on Game of Thrones, Clarke received four Emmy nods, and it is unclear what her responsibilities will be in the new Marvel Disney+ series Secret Invasion. Delany's remarks have received no response from her.

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