Good Morning America host Lara Spencer has issued a grovelling apology, after she was called out for remarks she made about six-year-old Prince George taking ballet lessons.
The host copped criticism for a segment in which she scoffed at the idea of young George studying dance and poetry as part of his upcoming school curriculum. She said of the royal youngster:
“In addition to the usual first or second grade things like maths, science and history, the future King of England will be putting down the play-dough to take on religious studies, computer programming, poetry and ballet, among other things. Prince William says George absolutely loves ballet. I have news for Prince William – we’ll see how long that lasts.”
The host was widely criticised for laughing at the six-year-old. Rosie O’Donnell accused her of “bullying on national television” while dancer Debbie Allen said she ought to apologise.
In a post entitled “dear Lara Spencer”, Allen said:
“Darling you’re not on Saturday Night Live, you’re a respected media journalist. And we expect to get our news, information and ideas from you, so poking fun at the dance world, the ballet and young boys, this is just not cool.”
Travis Wall, who has worked on RuPaul’s Drag Race, told the host to “wake up” because it’s 2019, and said that boys who want to dance should feel supported.
Earlier today, Lara Spencer herself took to Instagram to make a statement saying:
“My sincere apologies for an insensitive comment I made in pop news yesterday. From ballet to anything one wants to explore in life, I say GO FOR IT. I fully believe we should all be free to pursue our passions. Go climb your mountain —and love every minute of it.”