BBC sacks Danny Baker over royal baby chimp tweet
Broadcaster Danny Baker has been fired by BBC Radio 5 Live after tweeting a joke about the Duke and Duchess Of Sussex’s son, Archie.
Baker apologised for using a picture of an ape in a tweet about the birth and was sacked on Thursday morning.
A BBC spokesperson said: “This was a serious error of judgment and goes against the values we as a station aim to embody. Danny’s a brilliant broadcaster but will no longer be presenting a weekly show with us.”
Harry and Meghan, whose mother is African American, revealed on Wednesday that their new arrival was named Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.
Baker tweeted a black and white photo of a well-dressed man and woman holding hands with a suited chimpanzee, and captioned it: “Royal baby leaves hospital.”
After a backlash and allegations of racism, he deleted the post and apologised. “Sorry my gag pic of the little fella in the posh outfit has whipped some up. Never occurred to me because, well, mind not diseased,” he said. “Soon as those good enough to point out it’s possible connotations got in touch, down it came. And that’s it.”
The 61-year-old apologised again on Wednesday evening, saying the joke had been intended to poke fun at the royal family.
He wrote: “Once again. Sincere apologies for the stupid unthinking gag pic earlier. Was supposed to be joke about royals vs circus animals in posh clothes but interpreted as about monkeys & race, so rightly deleted. Royal watching not my forte. Also, guessing it was my turn in the barrel.”
He later attacked the BBC for its handling of the decision, describing the call from 5 Live firing him as “a masterclass of pompous faux-gravity”.
He added on Twitter: “[They] took a tone that said I actually meant that ridiculous tweet and the BBC must uphold blah blah blah. Literally threw me under the bus. Could hear the suits knees knocking.”
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