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Danny Baker fired by BBC over ‘racist’ royal baby tweet

The broadcaster was accused of mocking Meghan's racial heritage

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Danny Baker has been fired from BBC Radio 5 Live, after his tweet about Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s baby received serious backlash.

The broadcaster came under fire, after he made a joke about their baby’s birth by tweeting a photo of a couple holding hands with a suited chimpanzee.

The radio DJ captioned the post, “Royal baby leaves hospital,” before later deleting it.

After people accused him of mocking Meghan’s racial heritage, Danny released an apology which read: “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.”

“Soon as those good enough to point out it’s possible connotations got in touch, down it came. And that’s it.”

In another tweet, Danny said: “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.”

Despite his apologies, the broadcaster tweeted this morning: “Just got fired from @bbc5live. For the record – it was red sauce. Always.”

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“The call to fire me from @bbc5live was a masterclass of pompous faux-gravity. 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,” he added.

Meanwhile, 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.”

The 61-year-old presented a weekend show on 5Live, and appeared on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here back in 2016.