HBO has taken a number of steps aimed at mitigating the damage from a controversy that flared up when it was revealed that the image of the severed head of President George W. Bush appears in an episode of “Game of Thrones,” Deadline.com reports.
The pay-cable channel has pulled Episode 10 of the show, in which the head appears, from all digital platforms, including HBO Go and iTunes, the story reports. It has also halted shipments of the DVD box set, which features the commentary by series creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss in which they call attention to the head.
The channel and the show creators have already issued apologies, as we reported yesterday. Today HBO followed up with an even stronger statement, saying: “We were deeply dismayed to see this and find it unacceptable, disrespectful and in very bad taste. We made this clear to the executive producers of the series who apologized immediately for this careless mistake. We condemn it in the strongest possible terms and have halted all future shipments of the DVDs, removed it from our digital platforms and will edit the scene for all future airings on any distribution domestic or international.”