Danny Baker has been fired by the BBC over his “stupid unthinking gag” on Twitter about the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s new baby.
However, the freshly fired broadcaster has been told that it will be possible for him to appear again on the BBC, but only in the capacity of as a racist mouthpiece on Question Time.
The now deleted tweet, which has been circulated on social media, showed an image of a couple holding hands with a chimpanzee dressed in clothes with the caption: “Royal Baby leaves hospital”.
“He probably didn’t mean it to be that racist. More of a Farage type of racist than a Hitler type of racism, sure, but we absolutely cannot be associated with anyone who could even remotely be considered to hold racist views,” said BBC spokesperson Jeremy Twatt.
“So we fired Danny Baker this morning to send a clear message that racism and bigotry of any kind will not be tolerated on the BBC. If Danny would like to appear on the BBC again, the only option available to him now is for him to wait for Nigel Farage’s regular seat on Question Time to become vacant.
“Which let’s be honest, won’t be for a while as Nigel is booked to appear on Question for the next fifteen shows running.”
When asked about the tweet, royal household spokesperson Sir Alexander James responded, “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex haven’t paid any attention to the responses on Twitter to the birth of their child.
“They’re more stunned by what Prince Philip said when he met the infant, to be honest.”