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"I have learned about the bravery it takes for a young boy to pursue a career in dance," the host said.

"GMA" host Lara Spencer is making amends with the dance community and beyond after she mocked Prince George's interest in taking ballet classes last week.

During Monday's episode of the morning talk show, the news anchor apologized on-air for the "insensitive" comments she made about the young royal last Thursday.

"The comment I made about dance was stupid and insensitive and I am deeply sorry," Spencer said.

"I spoke with several members of the dance community over the last few days," she continued. "I have listened. I have learned about the bravery that it takes for a young boy to pursue a career in dance. And last night, I sat down with three influential dancers who lived it firsthand."

"GMA" then aired a clip of Spencer having an open discussion with dancers Robbie Fairchild, Travis Wall and Fabrice Calmels. Fairchild stars in the upcoming film adaptation of "Cats." Wall is a nine-time Emmy-nominated choreographer for "So You Think You Can Dance" and Calmels is a principal dancer for the Joffrey Ballet in Chicago.

"I have learned about the bravery it takes for a young boy to pursue a career in dance," Spencer said, pointing out that they hope the interview will turn a "negative into a positive."

"It has been a true education for me," she added.

Spencer received major backlash after she made the controversial remarks during Thursday's Pop News segment on "GMA."

"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 said while laughing. "Prince William says Prince George absolutely loves ballet. I have news for you, Prince William: We'll see how long that lasts. I mean, he might! He might end up ... Between the religious studies and the computer programming, I just want to go back to the Play-Doh!"

The journalist was met with immediate criticism from the dance world and beyond. One of these critics was Wall, who, in response, shared a video on Instagram where he opened up about being bullied about dancing ballet as a young boy.

"DEAR @lara.spencer of GOOD MORNING AMERICA," he captioned the clip. "I have a message for you. Wake up. It's 2019. Get with the program. Please share and repost this so a boy who needs to see this feels supported if he dances or wants to! #boysdancetoo #ballet #goodmorningamerica #traviswall #laraspencer #bully"

On Friday, Spencer issued an apology on Instagram. "My sincere apologies for an insensitive comment I made in pop news yesterday," she captioned a photo of flowers. "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."

A couple of days later, the host expressed that she was "horrified" over her comments. According to Wall, Spencer reached out to him directly to apologize.

"So Lara Spencer just called me on my cell phone, she got my number from Debbie Allen, and she is completely horrified and just truly just issued this massive apology," he said in a video posted to his Instagram Story, according to E! News. "I could just hear the horror in her voice."

"She knows that there's a bunch of us, Broadway and a lot of the ballet community here in New York City, we're going down to 'Good Morning America' on Monday morning and taking ballet class outside," he continued. "She's aware of it and she wants to talk to all of us and she wants to set this thing straight and right. The dance community is incredible and yeah, our voices were heard, which is fantastic, so hooray!"

In addition to Spencer's interview with Wall, Fairchild and Calmels, male ballet dancers put on a performance Monday morning outside of "GMA."

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