Dara Ó Briain defends Danny Baker over royal baby tweet causing more debate

SOUTHWOLD, ENGLAND - JULY 14:  Dara O Briain performs at Latitude Festival at Henham Park Estate on July 14, 2017 in Southwold, England.  (Photo by Rob Ball/Redferns)
Dara O Briain has criticised the BBC for firing Danny Baker over a tweet that 'mistakenly caused offence' (Rob Ball/Redferns)

Celebrities had a lot to say about the BBC firing Danny Baker from Radio 5 Live, after a tweet of his was slammed for being ‘racist’ yesterday (9 May). Now, comedian Dara Ó Briain has criticised the broadcaster’s decision to drop the DJ.

Moments before Meghan Markle and Prince Harry was set to introduce their new son Archie Mountbatten-Windsor to the world, Baker took to Twitter to share an image of a man and a woman, holding the hands of a chimpanzee in a suit.

Read more: Celebs react to Danny Baker's firing following 'racist' royal baby tweet

Alongside it, he wrote: “Royal baby leaves hospital.”

The ‘unthinkable gag’ sparked backlash so Baker swiftly deleted it and later, apologised for upsetting people with a “gag pic of the little fella in the posh outfit”.

WINDSOR, ENGLAND - MAY 08: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, pose with their newborn son during a photocall in St George's Hall at Windsor Castle on May 8, 2019 in Windsor, England. The Duchess of Sussex gave birth at 05:26 on Monday 06 May, 2019. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
The Duke of Sussex and Duchess of Sussex presented their newborn son to the world during a photocall in St George's Hall at Windsor Castle on 8 May 2019 (Dominic Lipinski - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

But the fact that he thought it was okay to post it in the first place, which went “against the values we as a station aim to embody,” was enough to seal his fate at the BBC, a BBC explained.

After the news of his dismissal broke, Ó Briain took to social media to share his thoughts on the matter, saying: “What? Danny Baker got fired? But he immediately apologised and deleted the tweet!

“I mean, literally, in the event of mistakenly causing offence, what else can you do? Genuinely amazed by that.”

His opinion didn’t go down well with his 2.51 million followers. One fan said they were “disappointed” to see him defending the former I’m A Celebrity contestant, adding that Baker’s “excuse [of] ‘it was a posh chimp, and the poshness was the joke’ was pretty f**king thin.”

Gina Yashere, who frequently appears alongside Ó Briain on comedy panel show Mock the Week, argued that it was easier for him to forgive “coz you weren't called monkey & ape every day of your working life.

“Or chased by skinheads making ape noises. He's not an idiot. He knew what the f**k he was posting.”

Another said: “If you are not intelligent enough to know that those types of posts are comments are NEVER acceptable anymore, you don't deserve to keep your media job. It's that simple.”

Read more: Danny Baker apologises for ‘racist’ tweet about the Royal baby

Seeing the replies, Ó Briain urged that he wasn’t excusing the original tweet.

“The Irish had a century of that monkey s*** too, y’know. Ultimately, though, I’d like that to hope if/when I f*** up, you might accept an apology…

Responding to someone who argued that there’s no way Baker wouldn’t have known how his tweet would be perceived, the presenter said: “I just don’t think Danny is some racist who did that deliberately, no matter how it came out.

“You say f*** him, I say forgive him. All the best.”

He concluded: “Well that was an exciting day on Twitter; but, genuinely, spoke to loads of cool people and left on good terms with all of them.

“Thanks for the chats everyone. I shall now relax after all this heated debate, by watching lovely calm Arsenal play a serene, relaxing, no-drama match.”