TV CEO Insults Emilia Clarke In Front Of 'Game Of Thrones' Fans — And It Does Not Go Well

Foxtel CEO Patrick Delany has apologised after its CEO  referred to actor Emilia Clarke as a "short, dumpy girl" at a premiere  of HBO's "House of the Dragon" on Tuesday.

Delany was describing how he was late to begin watching “Game of Thrones,” in which Clarke played Daenerys Targaryen. “I was like, ‘What’s this show with short, dumpy girl walking into fire?’ he said.

His apparent attempt at joke, however, landed with thud among night attendees. “It felt like he was expecting us to laugh along,” one attendee said, “but people in room were obviously shocked by it.”

Film critic Travis Johnson being there echoed that sentiment. “Yeah, I was there for this & turned to my mate for clarification as I simply didn’t believe someone would say that on mic,” he tweeted.

On Wed, a Foxtel official tried to backtrack. "He was trying to say 'Game of Thrones' was something unique for TV in 2011 & Emilia Clarke went from relatively unknown to one of the most-loved actors."

“On behalf of Mr. Delany, the Foxtel Group apologizes if his remarks were misunderstood and caused any offense.”

Clarke does not appear in “House of the Dragon,” which premieres next week on HBO. The 10-episode series is based on George Martin’s novel, “Fire & Blood,” & is set 300 years before “Game of Thrones.”