British journalist fired over racist tweet on new royal baby

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Radio host Danny Baker has been fired by the BBC after tweeting about the royal baby using a photo of a chimpanzee.

The 5 Live presenter, 61, was accused of racism after seemingly mocking Meghan Markle’s racial heritage in a now deleted post that featured an image of two people holding hands with a monkey dressed in a suit.

He posted it, moments after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex revealed their son, with the caption: “Royal baby leaves hospital.”

Baker’s tweet received a huge backlash on social media with many calling for him to be let go by the BBC.

He confirmed his firing from the BBC on Twitter, writing: ”Just got fired from @bbc5live.”

The broadcaster accused the BBC of “throwing [him] under the bus” and described “the call to fire” him as “a masterclass of pompous faux-gravity.”

Upon receiving backlash to the tweet, Baker swiftly removed it and commented: “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 possible connotations got in touch, down it came. And that’s it.”

The royal baby – whose name is Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor – was born on Monday 6 May before making his first public appearance at Windsor Castle two days later.

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