BBC Journalist Fired Over Racist Tweet Likening Royal Baby To A Chimpanzee

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May 9, 2019 10:15 a.m.

A BBC broadcaster was fired after he posted a racist tweet about the royal baby, the network reported.

BBC radio host Danny Baker tweeted a since-deleted black and white image of a man and a woman holding hands with a baby chimpanzee with the caption, “Royal baby leaves hospital.” The tweet was interpreted as racist commentary on Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle’s African-American heritage.

Before he was fired, Baker tweeted his “sincere apologies” and chalked it up to an “unthinking gag” that was meant to be a joke “about royals vs circus animals in posh clothes.”

A BBC spokesperson told the network that the tweet was “a serious error of judgment.”

“Danny’s a brilliant broadcaster, but will no longer be presenting a weekly show with us,” the spokesperson told BBC.

Baker announced his firing on Twitter, but called the decision a “masterclass of pompous faux-gravity.”

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