Prince George can’t wait to begin ballet classes, and Lara Spencer is regretting ever questioning it.
The "Good Morning America" host is apologizing after poking fun at the 6-year-old taking dance classes as a part of his school’s curriculum.
“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,” Spencer wrote in a post on Instagram.
The controversy began Thursday morning, when Prince George’s curriculum at private school St. Thomas's Battersea – where he will begin Year Two – was revealed, and it included French lessons and weekly ballet practice.
As the media was quick to report the sweet news, Spencer added her two cents while in conversation with co-hosts George Stephanopoulos and Amy Robach.
“Details of George’s curriculum have been released, making us all really happy we don’t have to do homework anymore,” Spencer said sarcastically. “In addition to the usual first- or second-grade things, like math, science and history, the future king of England will be putting down the Play-Doh to take on religious studies, computer programming poetry and ballet, among other things.”
She added, laughing: “Prince William said Prince George absolutely loves ballet … I have news for you Prince William, we’ll see how long that lasts."
Viewers were quick to turn their nose at her tone, with male dancers condemning her stance.
“Lara really?” Broadway director and choreographer Jerry Mitchell said on Instagram. “Some of us take ballet. Some of us win Tony Awards because we take ballet. It’s 2019. Get a life.”
“So You Think You Can Dance” choreographer Travis Scott said, “I found your comments to be very upsetting. Not only did you inspire your audience and colleagues to participate in the laughter, you’ve now added fuel to the fire to the massive problem in this country, which is bullying.”
And even though Spencer has since apologized for her comments, fans aren’t convinced.
“Comments like yours perpetuate the toxic masculinity that destroys lives and enables violence,” one person commented.
Another added, “James Charles’ apology was better.”
Kensington Palace has not responded to the incident.