BBC Host Fired Over Royal Baby Chimp Tweet
Danny Baker deleted the tweet, which showed a monkey dressed up in a bowler hat.
Danny Baker, a host on BBC radio station 5 Live and a well-known British media figure, has been fired by the U.K. public broadcaster for a tweet he sent following the first image released of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's baby boy.
The since-deleted tweet showed an image of a couple holding hands with a chimpanzee dressed in clothes and a bowler hat, alongside the caption: "Royal Baby leaves hospital."
The presenter was accused of mocking Markle's African American heritage, with a BBC representative saying it was a "serious error of judgment" and that Baker would "no longer be presenting a weekly show with us."
Following a social media backlash, Baker had initially apologized for the tweet. "Sorry my gag pic of the little fella in a posh outfit has whipped some up," he messaged. "Never occurred to me because, well, mind not diseased. Soon as those good enough to point out its possible connotations got in touch, down it came. And that's it."
Baker later protested that he would have used the "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."