Danny Baker to face no police action over 'racist' Meghan Markle baby tweet

Danny Baker to face no police action over 'racist' Meghan Markle baby tweet

May 14, 2019

DANNY Baker won't face any police action over a "racist" royal baby picture, it has been confirmed today.

Baker, 61, had been fired from the BBC's Radio 5 Live show after sharing the pic of a chimp dressed in clothes with the caption: "Royal baby leaves hospital."

And police confirmed last week that they had received a complaint around the post.

However, today a Met spokeswoman said: “Having reviewed the comments made, we do not consider that a criminal threshold has been met and as such we will be taking no further action.”

Baker had quickly removed the tweet – posted to his 504,000 followers – and apologised saying: "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 it’s possible connotations got in touch, down it came. And that’s it."

His tweet was posted hours after Meghan Markle and Prince Harry showed off little Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor last week.

Baker immediately received a backlash from Twitter users branding the post "racist" due to Meghan's heritage – the Duchess of Sussex's estranged dad Thomas Markle is white and mother Doria Ragland is black.

But despite his attempts to end the controversy, he was sacked just hours later.

Having reviewed the comments made, we do not consider that a criminal threshold has been met and as such we will be taking no further action

Speaking last week to the Sun Online on the doorstep of his £2million London home in pyjama bottoms, he said it's "not the first time and possibly not the last time" he will be sacked for controversy.

Blaming an exaggerated Twitter storm, unapologetic Baker said: "You see these sorts of things happening to other people and you kill yourself laughing.

"It's a Twitter storm. The point is they (the BBC) have given credence to the vampires by claiming I meant it. It’s rotten."

Describing the moment he was told he'd lost his Saturday morning radio show, he said: "The BBC said they found it abhorrent.

"I told them 'f*** you, and f*** off'. That’s exactly what I said to them. It wasn’t a very long call."

But he later issued a grovelling apology on Twitter, saying he had "f***ed up".

He bashfully tweeted, saying: "Good morning, everyone. Following one of the worst days of my life I just want to formally apologise for the outrage I caused and explain how I got myself into this mess.

"I chose the wrong photo to illustrate a joke. Disastrously so.

"I would like once and for all to apologise to every single person who, quite naturally, took the awful connection at face value.

"I understand that and all of the clamour and opprobrium I have faced since. I am not feeling sorry for myself. I f***ed up. Badly."

BAKER OUT: Broadcaster's career controversies

Danny Baker has worked as a comedian, radio DJ and journalist since the 1970s.

But the 61-year-old has landed in hot water more than a few times during his broadcasting career.

In 1997, Baker was fired from 5 Live when station bosses alleged he had incited threatening behaviour in an outburst over a referee.

The presenter was claimed to have launched an attack on Mike Reed, the man who was awarded the penalty that clinched the Chelsea win over Leicester City.

His stint with Radio One also ended in being sacked.

And in 2012 he attacked the BBC on Twitter and on air after his show was cancelled.

In an on-air rant, he described his superiors as “pinhead weasels”.


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