BBC radio presenter sacked for racist tweet about royal baby

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LONDON: BBC broadcaster Danny Baker has been fired for a racist tweet about the Duke and Duchess Of Sussex‘s son using a picture of a chimpanzee, a media report said.

The presenter tweeted an image of a chimpanzee dressed in clothes below the caption “Royal Baby leaves hospital”.

Meghan, wife of Prince Harry, gave birth in the early hours of Monday morning to a baby boy, Archie, the first mixed race child to be born into a senior position in British royalty in recent history.

Prince Harry and Meghan have broken with royal tradition to name their baby son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor and opted not to give him a courtesy title.

“Just got fired,” Danny Baker, a broadcaster with BBC Radio 5 Live, said on Twitter.

The call to fire me from @bbc5live  was a masterclass of pompous faux-gravity. Took a tone that said I actually meant that ridiculous tweet and the BBC must uphold blah blah blah. Literally threw me under the bus. Could hear the suits knees knocking. #Fuckem,” he said.

The BBC said the tweet was a serious error of judgment that went “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 BBC said.

Meghan, whose mother is African-American and father is white, has been the target of racist commentary on social media in the past.