Radio star FIRED over racist tweet about royal baby Archie
By Frances Sheen
May 10 2019
A long-standing radio announcer has been sensationally fired after he tweeted an offensive picture just after Prince Harry and Meghan Markle had introduced the world to their new baby son, Archie.
Danny Baker, 61, was sacked after he shared the tweet of a couple pictured next to a chimpanzee. He has been a broadcaster in the UK with the BBC for many years.
The tweet caused outrage in the UK and is seen as an outrageous racist comment on baby Archie's ethnic background.
The photo was a black-and-white image showing a man and woman holding hands with a chimpanzee wearing a suit, which he captioned: 'Royal baby leaves hospital'.
Baker claimed he didn't even realise there were racist connotations to to the tweet.
'[It was] supposed to be a joke about royals vs circus animals in posh clothes but interpreted as about monkeys & race,' he said.
'Enormous mistake, for sure. Grotesque. Anyway, here’s to ya Archie, Sorry mate.'
The BBC said in a statement: ‘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.’
And Danny then confirmed the news, tweeting: ‘Just got fired from @bbc5live. For the record – it was red sauce. Always’ – a reference to a Sausage Sandwich Game on his show.
He went on to hit out at his former employers: ‘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. #F***em.’
The Duchess of Sussex, whose mother Doria Ragland is African American, has been the target of racist abuse since it was revealed she was dating Prince Harry. In a bid to stop it, the Royal Family released a statement asking people to stop.
It read: ‘Harry's girlfriend Meghan Markle has been subject to a wave of abuse and harassment. Some of this has been very public – the smear on a front page of a national newspaper; the racial undertones of comment pieces; and the outright sexism and racism of social media trolls and web article comments.’