HBO Exec Apologizes For Saying 'Big Little Lies' Cast 'Raped' Network's Budget

Kelly Woo

An HBO executive is apologizing after making comments that the salary demands of the "Big Little Lies" cast "raped" the network.

HBO SVP of drama Francesca Orsi spoke on a panel at the INTV Conference in Israel about the network's upcoming programming. She talked about the final table read for "Game of Thrones" Season 8 as well as the five proposed spinoffs, which led to a discussion about the budget for them and the network's finances in general.

Orsi said, "From a budget standpoint, going into Season 2 of 'Big Little Lies' without any options in place, we've been ... um ... short of raped."

Now, Orsi has issued an apology.

"Obviously, I am embarrassed by my poor choice of words," she said in a statement. "We are extremely proud of 'Big Little Lies' and excited for the second season."

It was a particularly bad choice of words considering rape is a major issue in "Big Little Lies."

Most of the stars of the Emmy-winning drama are returning for Season 2 and are receiving hefty raises. Witherspoon reportedly will be paid triple, for which the actress can thank Apple, since that company's new streaming TV service is paying her $1.25 million per episode for an upcoming morning show drama.

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