BBC host Danny Baker was sacked because of a tweet with a photo of a couple holding hands of a dressed chimpanzee with the caption “Royal baby left the hospital.” The host considers his action “stupid.”
The post of 61-year-old Biker, because of which he lost his job, is now removed, but he received quite a big resonance.
Baker was accused of mocking the race of the Duchess of Sussex Megan. The wife of Prince Harry last year became the first member of the British Royal dynasty of mixed race.
Baker’s tweet was “a serious mistake,” a BBC spokesperson commented on the situation.
The tweet “contradicts the values that we as a company are trying to embody,” added the broadcasting corporation.
“Danny is a great host, but he won’t be doing the weekly show anymore,” said a BBC spokesperson.
Twitter users found Baker’s post offensive and criticized him, after which he wrote: “I’m Sorry that my photo of the baby in a pompous outfit caused such a reaction. It didn’t even occur to me that the post could be interpreted as racist because my brain isn’t infected with it.”
“As soon as the kind people pointed out to me the possible shades of meaning, I understood everything. That’s all that happened,” he wrote.
Later he wrote that he could post a photo on the background of the birth of any other child, including his own. “It’s just a funny picture,” he wrote.
“Oh well. Your health, Archie, I’m sorry,” he wrote later.
Danny Baker led a weekly show on Radio 5 Live over the weekend.