Danny Baker being investigated by police over racist royal child tweet

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The broadcaster posted a ‘joke’ about the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s son featuring a chimpanzee.

Police are reviewing an allegation made about the tweet that resulted in DJ Danny Baker losing his job.

The broadcaster was sacked from BBC Radio 5 Live for tweeting a joke about the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s son featuring a picture of a chimpanzee.

The tweet was posted on Wednesday, the same day Harry and Meghan posed with their new arrival, Archie Mountbatten-Windsor.

Scotland Yard said the force had received an allegation in relation to a tweet posted on 8 May.

Public apology

On Friday, Baker said he wanted to “formally apologise for the outrage I caused” following “one of the worst days of my life”.
He said: “I chose the wrong photo to illustrate a joke. Disastrously so.

“In attempting to lampoon privilege and the news cycle I went to a file of goofy pictures and saw the chimp dressed as a Lord and thought, ‘That’s the one!’

“Had I kept searching I might have chosen General Tom Thumb or even a baby in a crown. But I didn’t. God knows I wish had.
“Minutes later I was alerted by followers that this royal baby was of course mixed race and waves of panic and revulsion washed over me.

“F***, what had I done? I needed no lessons on the centuries slurs equating simians and people of colour. Racism at it’s basest.”

‘Class’ argument

On Thursday, Baker, 61, insisted he was no “downbeat racist wretch” after he was sacked for what his bosses said was a “serious error of judgment”.

He blasted his bosses for their handling of the situation and said he was trying to make a point about class.

The DJ, who has been sacked from the station before, had tweeted a black and white image showing a well-dressed man and woman holding hands with a suited chimpanzee, which he captioned: “Royal baby leaves hospital.”

Following a backlash and accusations of racism, he deleted the post and apologised.

But, speaking to journalists outside his London home, he said it was “weaselly for the BBC to chuck us under the bus”.

He revealed that he ended his “lecture” from his bosses “with two very old fashioned Anglo-Saxon words”.

Baker alerted fans to his sacking when he tweeted “just got fired from BBC 5 Live”, before the BBC had made a statement.

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