Danny Baker slams BBC for being sacked for racially insensitive tweet about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s baby
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Danny Baker has accused the BBC of 'throwing him under the bus' after he was fired from his BBC Radio 5 Live role over a racially insensitive tweet he made about the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's new son.

Following the news that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle had welcomed their first child together, Baker posted a now-deleted tweet captioned 'royal baby leaves hospital' alongside a photo of a chimpanzee in a suit.

The presenter apologised for the post but was later fired, and now Baker has hit back at the broadcaster in his first interview since being sacked, calling the BBC's actions "weaselly".

"The BBC suddenly decides they are going to throw us under the bus. That's the thing that stings," Baker told James O'Brien on his LBC radio show.

Danny Baker slams BBC for being sacked for racially insensitive tweet about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's baby
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"I think it's a tremendously weaselly thing to do. When they rang up with these portentous tones saying it was 'beyond the pale and abhorrent', I thought yes it was, but you're now giving credence to the idea that I thought, 'I know how to reveal myself as a phantom racist after all these years'."

Baker continued to say that he can "understand entirely what's happened" and agreed that the tweet is impossible to defend, but said that he didn't appreciate the manner in which he was fired.

"If you could have heard the dreadful faux gravity in the call," he continued. "Instead of saying, 'Dan, we know you would never in a million years [think that], but you understand our position...'

"No. I was given a lecture, which I must say I terminated after about 30 seconds with a couple of words I'll leave you to fill in."

During the interview, Danny also stressed that he didn't known there were any racist connotations attached to the image, adding: "Intent has to be everything.

"It was put up there as a joke about class. It was supposed to be preposterous about toffs leaving. The idea that there was any racial basis for it... it came out of my own ignorance. I curdled that I thought anyone could have thought that was the intent behind that photo."

In a statement about Danny Baker's firing, a BBC spokesperson told RecordsOnRepeat that the tweet in question went against the broadcaster's values.

"This was a serious error of judgement and 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 statement read.


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