Gene Kelly’s Widow Calls Out Lara Spencer For Mocking Prince George’s Ballet Lessons
Patricia Ward Kelly, widow of the late Gene Kelly, penned an open letter on Fb Friday calling out “Good Morning America” host Lara Spencer after she mocked Prince George for taking ballet classes.
″‘Good Morning America’ elected to run a disgraceful section about Prince George and his ballet lessons,” Ward Kelly wrote of the TV section that aired on Thursday.
“That host Lara Spencer would mock a boy’s research of ballet in a nationally televised morning present and that her colleagues would take part her derision is each unacceptable and incomprehensible.”
She added that her late husband “can be devastated to know that 61 years after his ground-breaking work the problem of boys and males dancing continues to be the topic of ridicule—and on a nationwide community.”
Spencer got here beneath fireplace final week for making enjoyable of the 6-year-old royal’s college curriculum at Thomas’s Battersea, the place he and his classmates take ballet classes.
“Along with the same old first or second-grade issues, like math, science and historical past, the longer term King of England can be placing down the Play-Doh to tackle non secular research, pc programming, poetry and ballet, amongst different issues,” Spencer informed the viewers as her co-hosts and the viewers laughed.
She added, “Prince William says Prince George completely loves ballet. I’ve information for you, Prince William: We’ll see how lengthy that lasts.”
Spencer apologized the subsequent day and labored over the weekend to talk with three skilled male dancers for a section that aired on Monday.
One of many dancers, Travis Wall of “So You Suppose You Can Dance,” spoke about his dialog with the co-anchor in an Instagram story on Saturday evening after he wrote about Spencer’s feedback on his Instagram account that week.
“So Lara Spencer simply known as me on my cellular phone, she bought my quantity from Debbie Allen, and he or she is totally horrified and simply actually simply issued this huge apology,” Wall mentioned over the weekend, in accordance with Individuals. “I may simply hear the horror in her voice.”
He later led a ballet class exterior of the place “GMA” airs with over 300 dancers in Instances Sq. on Monday. The category was to point out that “boys dance too.”
Spencer later apologized on-air Monday earlier than airing a section dedicated to the male dancers.
“I screwed up. I did,” the “Good Morning America” co-anchor mentioned, staring straight into the digital camera. “The remark I made about dance was insensitive, it was silly and I’m deeply sorry.”
She added, “For me the lesson is that phrases harm, and it was not my intention, nevertheless it was insensitive, and I thanks all for giving me the chance to apologize personally to you and for you guys coming in right here to speak to me and to coach me and, once more, I’m actually sorry.”
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