Published On: Sat, Jun 22nd, 2019

Danny Baker: Sacked BBC radio host to start new podcast | Ents & Arts News

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Danny Baker is to start his own podcast after being fired by the BBC over a “racist” tweet about the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s baby Archie.

The former radio host announced on Twitter that the twice-weekly podcast would have a similar format to his BBC Radio 5 Live show and will be broadcast next year.

He wrote: “My own stand alone podcast, featuring all the old firm and even the Sausage Sandwich Game, will begin in the new year.

“Emails encouraged, calls taken, subjects bizarre. A twice a week meeting, we can rule the world.”

Baker, 61, was dropped by the BBC earlier this year after tweeting a photo of a well-dressed couple holding hands with a suited chimpanzee, which was captioned: “Royal baby leaves hospital.”

The tweet came shortly after the arrival of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s first baby.

Meghan, who is mixed-race, and Prince Harry posed for pictures with their son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, on the same day the allegedly racist tweet was posted.

Baker was forced to delete his tweet and apologise after facing backlash.

He admitted the tweet was “ridiculous, stupid and idiotic” but denied he was a racist.

Danny Baker assures Sky News there was no racism intended in his tweet of the duke and duchess of Sussex's baby as a monkey

‘I’m not slavering, secret racist’

The presenter wrote: “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.

“Soon as those good enough to point out its possible connotations got in touch, down it came. And that’s it.”

The BBC said Baker’s tweet was a “serious error of judgement”.

Baker said the day he was sacked was one of the “worst days” of his life and criticised BBC bosses over the handling of the controversy.

Danny Baker's tweets
Danny Baker criticised his BBC bosses after he was sacked

He said the phone call he received was a “masterclass of pompous faux-gravity” and claimed the corporation “literally threw me under the bus”.

Fans complained of “double standards” after comedian Jo Brand, who made a joke about dousing politicians with battery acid, did not face similar action from the BBC.

A police investigation into Baker’s tweet was dropped by Scotland Yard after it found the post did not merit criminal behaviour.

In a statement, it said it would be taking “no further action”.

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