Dara Ó Briain has slammed the BBC for firing Danny Baker, over a tweet he posted about the birth of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s baby.
The broadcaster was sacked earlier this week, after he made a joke about the royal 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,” but later deleted it after people accused him of mocking Meghan’s racial heritage.
After Danny confirmed that the BBC had fired him over the tweet, Dara wrote on Twitter: “What? Danny Baker got fired? But he immediately apologised and deleted the tweet!”
What? Danny Baker got fired? But he immediately apologised and deleted the tweet! I mean, literally, in the event of mistakenly causing offence, what else can you do? Genuinely amazed by that.
— Dara Ó Briain (@daraobriain) May 9, 2019
“I mean, literally, in the event of mistakenly causing offence, what else can you do? Genuinely amazed by that.”
Dara later added: “Also amazed by how many thought that by posting this, I was excusing the original tweet. Of course I wasn’t.”
“The Irish had a century of that monkey s**t too, y’know (cf Punch magazine). Ultimately, though, I’d like that to hope if/when I f**k up, you might accept an apology…”