TV executive apologises to Emilia Clarke for calling her 'short, dumpy girl'

On Wednesday, editors at Crikey reported that Foxtel chief executive Patrick Delany made the comment about the British actress at the Sydney premiere of Game of Thrones prequel series House of Dragon earlier this week. According to the outlet, Delany recalled his initial reaction to watching the hit HBO show, in which Clarke played Daenerys Targaryen, to the crowd and stated, "I was like, 'What's this show with the short, dumpy girl walking into the fire?'" The comment fell flat, with one attendee noting that there was a "bit of a gasp" in the audience.