BBC Host Fired after Tweet Compares Royal Baby to a Chimp

Danny Baker, who until Thursday morning was a broadcaster for BBC’s 5Live, was accused of making fun of Meghan’s mixed-race heritage

Danny Baker speaks to the media at his London home on Thursday, May 9, 2019.. after his firing by the BBC.   Victoria Jones/PA via AP
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by Karla Adam, Washington Post        as posted by The National Post

LONDON – A BBC radio broadcaster was fired Thursday after posting a picture of a baby chimpanzee when tweeting about the birth of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s son, Archie Harrison.

Danny Baker, who until Thursday morning was a broadcaster for BBC’s 5Live, was accused of making fun of Meghan’s mixed-race heritage. He apologized following a backlash online and said he’d meant to compare the royals to circus animals.

Baker tweeted the offending image shortly after Prince Harry and Meghan presented Baby Archie to the world in his first photocall.

His original tweet, since deleted, showed a black-and-white photo of a couple, with the woman holding hands with a young chimpanzee wearing a hat and a jacket.

The caption read: “Royal baby leaves hospital.”

Baker was swiftly accused of racism on social media.

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Published on May 9, 2019 at 10:32 am by mikedup

Comments

May 10, 2019 - 8:36 am

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Mind boggling.


May 11, 2019 - 9:35 am

oh brother

At what point was the photo inaccurate?


May 11, 2019 - 2:10 pm

Judge Rudy

No one said broadcasters were (are) the smartest people in the room.


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