BBC Radio 5’s Dan Baker sacked over Royal Baby tweet

Danny Baker has been sacked from his Saturday Morning slot on BBC Radio 5 Live, after apologising for a tweet about the royal baby.

As Radio Today UK reports, he posted an image on Wednesday evening showing a clothed chimpanzee holding hands with a couple, along with the caption ‘Royal Baby leaves hospital’.

Dan, who spent almost 10 years on the Saturday Morning slot on 5 Live, quickly deleted the tweet after accusations it was racist, but screengrabs been shared widely on social media and used by the national press.

Danny had apologised for what he called a ‘stupid unthinking gag’, revealing he’s been sacked.

A BBC spokesperson told RadioToday: “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.”

Danny went on to say that the phone call he received to sack him was a “masterclass of pompous faux-gravity”.

“Once again. Sincere apologies for the stupid unthinking gag pic earlier,” he went on to tweet.

“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.”

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