Danny Baker will get standing ovation at first dwell tour present since being sacked over royal child tweet

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The broadcaster told the audience: ‘When life deals you lemons, you chuck them at people calling you a racist’

In brief

  • Danny Baker described his tweet as ‘revolting’ and ‘misjudged’
  • He jokingly warned: ‘I’m a Millwall fan with a snooker cue’

Broadcaster Danny Baker received a standing ovation after appearing in his first live show since posting an alleged racist tweet about the new royal baby.

Mr Baker was sacked from BBC Radio 5 Live last week after tweeting a joke about the Duke and Duchess Of Sussex’s son, Archie Harrison, featuring a picture of a chimpanzee.

The 61-year-old DJ and comedy writer, from London, told the audience at the Theatre Royal in Nottingham, “When life deals you lemons, you chuck them at people calling you a racist.”

Mr Baker addressed “the elephant in the room” at the beginning of his set. He described his tweet as “revolting” and “misjudged” but again denied being racist.

Defiant

He said his pacing up and down on stage was not a way of trying to “get away from potential Lee Harvey Oswalds” but he also appeared defiant.

“If anyone does want to rush the stage, I’m a Millwall fan with a snooker cue,” he told the crowd.

Mr Baker said at his live show: “I always pace the stage, I’m not trying to get away from potential Lee Harvey Oswalds.

“After 42 years in this racket … I’m 62 nearly now and I thought, well, retire.”

He then joked: “I didn’t want to be forced to retire.”

Wearing an orange shirt and a fez, the broadcaster went onto say his show would “ironically” be about the times his “career … had hit a brick wall”.

‘Should never have happened’

He said: “Topically, here we are again. That’s the last time I’m going to mention it. That’s the whole point of tonight. It’s the most unlikely tower, and I’m stuck in it.

“It should never have happened.”

Continuing to speak about the issue, the writer said: “I genuinely didn’t know what the atmosphere would be like tonight.

“But equally, if anyone does want to rush the stage, I’m a Millwall fan with a snooker cue.

“You wouldn’t believe how I was feeling 20 minutes ago but I’m so pleased so let’s do this.

“When life deals you lemons, you chuck them at people calling you a racist.”

Apology

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Opening the second half of the show, Mr Baker said: “I’ve never been a sentimental sort. But I’m numb with gratitude tonight, I caught my wife in the break and you reduced her to a pile of tears.”

At the end, he said: “I do want to say this and I’m not milking it, but it’s been one of the best nights of my career tonight. It really has.”

Following the uproar, Mr Baker has said he wants to “formally” apologise for his “catastrophic” tweet about the Duke and Duchess of Sussex‘s baby son.

The presenter, who was sacked from BBC Radio 5 Live on Thursday, described the events as one of the “worst days of my life”.

On Saturday, police confirmed the Met was reviewing an allegation made about the tweet.

Additional reporting by PA 

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