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Friday 24 May 2019

BBC's Danny Baker fired from radio job for monkey tweet about royal baby Archie

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex with their baby son Archie (Dominic Lipinski/PA)
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex with their baby son Archie (Dominic Lipinski/PA)
Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex (R), and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, pose for a photo with their newborn baby son in St George's Hall at Windsor Castle in Windsor, west of London on May 8, 2019. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski / POOL / AFP)
Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex walk away with their baby son, who was born on Monday morning, during a photocall in St George's Hall at Windsor Castle. Photo: Dominic Lipinski/Pool via REUTERS
Meghan Markle wore a coat dress to show off her newborn son with Prince Harry. Photo: Getty Images
Broadcaster Danny Baker has apologised after tweeting a joke about the Duke and Duchess Of Sussex’s son using a picture of a monkey (Matt Crossick/PA Wire)

Broadcaster Danny Baker says he has been fired by BBC Radio 5 Live after tweeting a joke about Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's son using a picture of a monkey.

Earlier today, he apologised after tweeting the joke.

Harry and Meghan, whose mother is African American, revealed on Wednesday that their new arrival was named Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.

Radio DJ Baker made a joke about the birth, tweeting a black and white photo showing a well-dressed man and woman holding hands with a suited chimpanzee.

Baker captioned it: " Royal baby leaves hospital". Following a backlash and allegations of racism, he deleted the post and apologised.

He said: "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.

Broadcaster Danny Baker has apologised after tweeting a joke about the Duke and Duchess Of Sussex’s son using a picture of a monkey (Matt Crossick/PA Wire)
Broadcaster Danny Baker has apologised after tweeting a joke about the Duke and Duchess Of Sussex’s son using a picture of a monkey (Matt Crossick/PA Wire)

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

The 61-year-old, who presents a weekly show on BBC Radio 5 Live, apologised again on Wednesday evening, saying the joke was intended to poke fun at the Royal family.

He 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.

"Royal watching not my forte. Also, guessing it was my turn in the barrel."

Baker appeared on I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here in 2016.

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