BBC fires journalist Danny Baker over racist post on new royal baby

BBC fires journalist Danny Baker over racist post on new royal baby

A journalist working for BBC has been fired after making a joke about the newest royal baby that was considered racist by many people.

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Shortly after the announcement of the baby into the royal family, Danny Baker shared a photo of a chimpanzee dressed in suit.

In a controversial Twitter photo that has since been deleted, the tiny chimpanzee was walking hand in hand with a lady and a man who seemed to represent a couple.

The journalist then captioned the photo, ''Royal baby leaves hospital.''

Baker quickly realised his error after receiving backlash from social media followers and posted an apology on Twitter.

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The journalist described his actions as an error in judgement, saying he got fired from his post following the thoughtless joke:

"Just got fired from BBC. For the record, it was red sauce always."

Danny described his gag as a stupid joke that was misinterpreted by social media users.

Take a look at his original post below:

BBC fires journalist for mimicking royal baby's photo with that of a chimpanzee

Shortly after the announcement of the latest member of the royal family's name, Danny Baker shared a photo of a chimpanzee dressed in high end clothing. Photo: Danny Baker

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According to the BBC, his sentiments were an error in judgement and a spokesman from the media house confirmed Danny will no longer be working for them.

The 61-year-old used to host a show on the network that aired on weekends. Most of his followers termed the joke as racist and tasteless as they urged him to pull the post down.

Others even directed the BBC to do the right thing and fire the journalist, having perceived the tweet as a racist attack on Duchess Meghan Markle's black background.

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Meanwhile, Briefly.co.za previously gathered the report of legendary singer 2baba, who jetted out to the United States of America (USA) to surprise his daughter Ehi, on the occasion of her birthday ceremony.

The doting father also shared her picture on his social media page and expressed his best wishes for her.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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