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09th May 2019

Broadcaster Danny Baker fired from BBC over racist royal baby chimp photo

Jade Hayden

“Sincere apologies for the stupid unthinking gag pic earlier.”

Broadcaster Danny Baker has been fired from the BBC after sharing a photo of the royal baby as a chimp.

The 61-year-old, who presented a show on BBC Radio 5 Live, tweeted an image of a well dressed couple exiting a building holing hands with a chimp who is wearing a two piece suit and using a cane.

Baker captioned the photo: “Royal baby leaves hospital” before swiftly deleting the post.

The presenter was fired this morning over the racist connotations associated with the image.

“Just got fired from @bbc5live,” he tweeted today. “For the record – it was red sauce. Always.”

“Danny made a serious error of judgement on social media last night and it goes against the values we live and breathe on this radio station,” station controller Jonathan Wall said in a staff email this morning.

Baker apologised for the tweet earlier today, saying that it was “stupid” and “unthinking.”

“Once again,” he wrote, “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.”

Meghan and Harry presented their newborn to the world for the first time yesterday. 

Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Winsdor was born in the early hours of Monday morning weighing 7lbs, 3oz.