Foxtel CEO abuses Emilia Clarke at 'House of the Dragon' premiere

Australian broadcaster Foxtel's CEO shocked audiences at the Sydney premiere of "House of the Dragon" when he insulted Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke

Foxtel CEO Patrick Delaney called her a "short, dumpy girl"

He later apologized, claiming his comments were "misunderstood."

During a speech at the premiere, Delany talked about when he watched Game of Thrones for the first time.  "I was like, 'What's this show with the short, dumpy girl walking into the fire?'"

Maybe he was saying this jokingly. He thought that people would laugh after hearing this, but the people in the room were surprised by this.

On behalf of Delany, Foxtel Group apologizes if his remarks were misunderstood and caused an offense.

House of the Dragon, a prequel to Game of Thrones, will debut in the U.S. Sunday on HBO.

This series is set 200 years before the events of Game of Thrones

It is based on George R.R. Martin's 2018 novel “Fire & Blood"