Good Morning America host Lara Spencer was forced to apologise after slating Prince George for taking ballet lessons.
During a recent instalment, the 50-year-old presenter could be seen stifling giggles during a discussion about Prince William and Kate Middleton’s eldest son and his school classes.
‘The future king of England will be putting down the Playdoh to take on Religious Studies, computer programming poetry and ballet among other things,’ she said.
‘Prince William says George absolutely loves ballet, I have news for you Prince William – we’ll see how long that lasts.’
However, Lara was met with a wave of backlash from viewers and famous faces, with many saying she should be ‘ashamed of herself’ for her comments towards the six-year-old.
She has since apologised, sharing a post on her Instagram story which read: ‘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.’
Arlene Phillips was among those left fuming by Lara’s words, rushing to Twitter to defend the young Royal.
‘What a shameful, outdated, harmful attitude being broadcast to the masses,’ the Strictly Come Dancing legend said.
‘Dance has countless scientifically proven benefits for physical and mental health.
‘There should be nothing but encouragement for any male who chooses to try dance whether it’s as a fun hobby or for a future as a professional.’
While George Takei said: ‘Lara Spencer on @GMA mocked a 6-year old Prince George of the UK for taking ballet class.
‘It shows that “toxic masculinity” can be spread viciously by insensitive women, too. As a fellow “George” and a lover of dance, I am very troubled and disappointed by her actions.’
And West Side Story star Ricky Ubeda added: ‘Watching @LaraSpencer publically shame a 6 yr old on @GMA for wanting to take ballet today really brought up a lot.
‘Shame. Adding to society’s already toxic view of masculinity with your platform. Keep dancing, lil George.’
Prince William has previously opened up about his eldest son’s love of dance, explaining it was something George may have inherited from the late Princess Diana.
‘George is doing dance as well, he loves it. My mother always used to dance, loved dance,’ he said, during an appearance at the BBC Radio 1 Teen Hero Awards.
‘If it’s something you love, you do what you love and it’s very important, don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. You keep at it.’
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