Liberal Broadcaster Under Fire After Comparing Royal Baby to a Chimpanzee

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May 09, 2019May 09, 2019

A BBC journalist has been fired after sending a tweet about the new royal baby, Archie, which many viewed as racist. The BBC says they fired Danny Baker because he showed a "serious error of judgement" over his tweet about the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's baby.

In the now-deleted tweet, Baker posted a photo of a couple holding hands with a chimpanzee dressed in clothes. He added the caption: "Royal Baby leaves hospital."

The BBC 5 Live presenter was accused of being racist because Duchess Meghan Markle is biracial. Baker claimed it was a "stupid gag".

In the wake of the outrage, he sent a series of tweets claiming his innocence. He also shared that he'd be fired.

The corporation said Baker's tweet "goes against the values we as a station aim to embody." They added, "Danny's a brilliant broadcaster but will no longer be presenting a weekly show with us."

Baker defended himself. He said the tweet was designed to be commentary rather than racism.

"Was supposed to be joke about Royals vs circus animals in posh clothes but interpreted as about monkeys & race, so rightly deleted. Royal watching not my forte. Also, guessing it was my turn in the barrel," he wrote.
He was still fired after his apology. He claimed that the BBC "literally threw me under the bus. Could hear the suits' knees knocking."

Harry and Meghan, whose mother Doria Ragland is African American, revealed on Wednesday their new son was named Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor. This is the first child for the couple, who was married less than a year ago.

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