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(AFP) Veteran British broadcaster Danny Baker was on Thursday fired by the BBC after tweeting a picture of well-dressed couple holding hands with a chimpanzee in a suit, tagged with the caption "royal baby leaves hospital".|
Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, pose for a photo with their newborn baby son in St George's Hall at Windsor Castle in Windsor, west of London on May 8, 2019. [Photo: AFP/Dominic Lipinski]
Accusations of racism immediately flooded his timeline, as new royal baby Archie has mixed-race heritage through mother Meghan, and he later took down the picture, apologizing for the "possible connotations".
But the BBC announced Baker, 61, would be leaving his job as presenter on Radio 5 Live.
"This was a serious error of judgment and goes against the values we as a station aim to embody," said the broadcaster.
"Danny's a brilliant broadcaster but will no longer be presenting a weekly show with us."
Baker, who made his name as a music writer during the punk era, began his radio career in 1989 and has also presented television quiz shows.