Baker gave a flippant response to the backlash, first denying that the imagery was racist.
“Sorry my gag pic of the little fella in the posh outfit has whipped some up. Never occurred to me because, well, mind not diseased,” he wrote, then added, “Once again. Sincere apologies for the stupid unthinking gag pic earlier. Was supposed to be joke about royals vs circus animals in posh clothes but interpreted as about monkeys & race, so rightly deleted.”
Just got fired from @bbc5live.— Danny Baker (@prodnose) May 9, 2019
For the record - it was red sauce. Always.
This is what a broadcaster who works for the BBC posted. Check the ape. Check the caption. Racism is alive & well in Britain. The broadcaster is Danny Baker. He should be fired. Disgusted. #RacistDannyBaker #FireDannyBaker @BBCBreaking @BBCNews pic.twitter.com/y0mcKWEhp6— Esther Armah (@estherarmah) May 8, 2019
Here we go.— Danny Baker (@prodnose) May 9, 2019
Opened door, grinning Mail hack.
"Do you think black people look like monkeys?"
Any other time you'd knock someone right on their arse for saying that.
No mate. Gag pic. Posh baby chimp. Alerted to circs. Appalled. Deleted. Apologised.
He asks again! #MailonRacism
Now Sky at the door.— Danny Baker (@prodnose) May 9, 2019
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.#Occam #Razor