British broadcaster Danny Baker is out at the BBC after he posted a racist tweet about the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s new baby.
The broadcasting company confirmed Baker’s firing Thursday on its website, just one day after he tweeted a since-deleted image of a couple walking hand in hand with a chimpanzee dressed in a suit.
“Royal baby leaves hospital,” Baker captioned the offensive image.
After receiving backlash for the message, the former BBC Radio 5 Live presenter tried to play the gaffe off, saying it was “supposed to be a joke about Royals vs circus animals in posh clothes but interpreted as about monkeys & race.”
“Royal watching not my forte,” he added.
But on Thursday, Baker changed his tune, calling the incident an “enormous mistake.”
The BBC issued its own statement about the tweet, saying: “This was a serious error of judgment 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.”
After the news went viral, Metro UK journalist Rishma Dosani took Baker to task for the tweet.
“This is so vile, and people trying to justify it can do one,” she wrote.
This is so vile, and people trying to justify it can do one. https://t.co/kKZQEue2R2
— Rishma Dosani (@Rishma_Dosani) May 8, 2019
Civil rights activist Shaun King also spoke out against Baker’s actions, writing: “BBC just fired the radio show host who posted this racist ugliness. Danny Baker deleted the tweet, then offered a half-a– apology, claiming he didn’t know it was racist.”
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex welcomed their first child, a son named Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, on May 6.