A well-known BBC host was fired after he compared the new royal baby, Archie, to a chimpanzee. The New York Post reports that radio DJ Danny Baker, one of Britain’s best-known broadcasters, was fired Thursday by the BBC after he sent out a tweet with a photo of a chimp in a suit, along with the message “Royal baby leaves hospital.”
“It sparked instant outrage because of the clear racist undertones against Duchess of Sussex Meghan, 37, whose mom, Doria Ragland, is African American,” The Post reports. “Baker admitted it had been a ‘stupid unthinking gag’ — but insisted it was an innocent dig at the royals that was being wildly misinterpreted.”
The baby was born Monday to Meghan and Prince Harry, with the proud parents officially debuting him Wednesday.
Baker, 61, responded to his firing on social media — you can see one of his tweets below.
He also wrote of the original tweet, which has since been taken down: “Never occurred to me because, well, mind not diseased. Soon as those good enough to point out its possible connotations got in touch, down it came. And that’s it.”
The Post adds: “He later called the backfired joke ‘grotesque’ and ‘an enormous mistake,’ sending a message to Harry and Meghan’s newborn Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, ‘Here’s to ya Archie, Sorry mate.’”
The report quotes a BBC spokesman saying: “This was a serious error of judgment,” adding that the joke “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,” the BBC spokesman added.
Below is a tweet Baker sent out after his firing …