BBC presenter fired over 'racist' tweet about Harry and Meghan's baby 1 year ago

BBC presenter fired over 'racist' tweet about Harry and Meghan's baby

The tweet was sent shortly after the birth of the Royal baby.

BBC presenter Danny Baker has tweeted to say that he has been fired by the BBC, less than a day after he sent a tweet which was deemed racist by a number of people.

The tweet in question showed a man and a woman either side of a chimpanzee in a suit, holding its hands, accompanied by the caption "Royal baby leaves hospital".

There was an immediate backlash from Twitter users, who deemed the photograph and caption as 'racist', presumably referring to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's mixed race child.

A BBC spokesperson said of the tweet: "This was a serious error of judgement" and that it "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 spokesperson added.

Baker was quick to insist that the tweet in question was not racist, and insisted that once he was informed of the connotations associated with it that he removed it.

"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. Soon as those good enough to point out it's (sic) possible connotations got in touch, down it came," he said in a follow-up tweet on Wednesday evening.

Baker also claimed that he would have used the same photograph had it been in reference to the child of Boris Johnson or even one of his own children.

He tweeted: "Would have used same stupid pic for any other Royal birth or Boris Johnson kid or even one of my own. It's a funny image. (Though not of course in that context.) Enormous mistake, for sure. Grotesque."

Baker has since tweeted to criticise the BBC for the decision, calling it "a masterclass of pompous faux-gravity" and saying that they "literally threw me under the bus".