After facing the ire of fans, the TV CEO apologised to the actress for calling her a 'short, dumpy girl'.

Australia-based broadband company Foxtel CEO Patrick Delany recently came under fire...

...for his offensive comments to 'Game of Thrones' star Emilia Clarke.

The spokesperson of Foxtel Group clarified by saying, CEO's comments were misunderstood, causing a backlash.

According to local news outlet Crikey, the executive made the offensive comment on Tuesday (August 16) during...

...the Australia premiere of 'House of the Dragon', a spin-off of the popular HBO series.

Delany was sharing his initial reaction to the popular show, in which Clarke portrayed the character...

...of Daenerys Targaryen and Khaleesi, when he first started watching it. 

He was quoted as saying, "I was like, 'What's this show with the short, dumpy girl walking into the fire?'."

In Australia, Foxtel was the official broadcaster of the eight-season-long 'Games of Thrones'. The first episode of the prequel series was also released on Foxtel on Sunday.