The BBC Radio 5 Live host has presented his last show.
Switched off, the Beeb have pulled the plug on Danny Baker’s Five Live show.
“I made a ridiculous, stupid and idiotic mistake” – Danny Baker speaking to Sky News
The personality who came to prominence as a regular on London Weekend Television’s The Six O’clock Show in the 1980s has been fired by the BBC following a tweet which has caused mixed opinion with the public.
Some declared it a joke, others branded it as having racist connotations with the BBC deeming it ill-judged and inappropriate. The former Virgin Radio presenter hit back at the Beeb saying the way the they have handled the issue was ‘a masterclass of pompous faux-gravity.’
Many people on social media have been sharing images of Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s baby; however not all of them flattering. There have been black babies with ginger hair widely spread around, but Baker, on Twitter, took it one step further with an image of a couple holding hands with a chimpanzee dressed in clothes with the caption: “Royal Baby leaves hospital”.
The 61-year-old said he’d made a ‘stupid gag’ in the following fall-out over the image. Harry and Meghan announced on May 8th their new son was to be called Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor. However Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland is African American which lead to suggestions Baker was racist.
“Soon as those good enough to point out its possible connotations got in touch, down it came. And that’s it. 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. Anyway, here’s to ya Archie, Sorry mate.” – Danny Baker statement
The BBC dismissed Baker noting ‘Danny’s a brilliant broadcaster but will no longer be presenting a weekly show with us’ adding his tweet ‘goes against the values we as a station aim to embody.’
It isn’t the first time the Deptford born personality has had run-ins with corporation bosses. In 1997 he was sacked after he ‘encouraged football fans to make a referee’s life hell’ although he stated he certainly didn’t want people to physically attack the official. In 2012 he quit BBC London, branding station editors as ‘pinheaded weasels’ over plans to move him from weekdays to weekends.