Danny Baker is being investigated by police over Royal baby tweet: Met say they are probing 'rac
Police have launched an investigation after former BBC Radio Five Live presenter Danny Baker posted a tweet about the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's baby.
The tweet, which was a picture of a couple leaving hospital with a chimpanzee, was posted by the 61-year-old after Meghan Markle gave birth on Wednesday.
It resulted in the BBC sacking the presenter, and now the Met Police has revealed that an allegation was made against Baker on Thursday, a day after the tweet was posted.
Baker claimed he did not know it was Meghan Markle who was expecting her first child.
Danny Baker claimed he did not know it was Meghan Markle who was expecting to given birth to her first child after posting that 'racist' monkey photo on Twitter
In a statement police said: 'An allegation has been received by the Metropolitan Police Service on Thursday May 9 in relation to a tweet published on May 8.
'As is routine, the allegation will be reviewed and assessed by specialist officers.'
The picture, posted by Baker, sparked outrage, with many branding it as racist because of Meghan's heritage. He quickly deleted it and described it as a 'stupid unthinking gag'.
Baker told MailOnline he did not know it was the Duchess of Sussex (pictured with Prince Harry and son Archie) who had given birth. He added: 'I didn't know which of our royal princesses had given birth.
Otherwise you'd got to be thinking I'd been secretly waiting to make this grotesque joke'
Baker, who denied he is a racist, told MailOnline earlier this week that he did not know it was the Duchess of Sussex who had given birth.
'I didn't know which of our royal princesses had given birth. Otherwise you'd got to be thinking I'd been secretly waiting to make this grotesque joke. There's no truth to it.
'I've been doing a thing on the radio for years of famous people dressed as monkeys with fairground music.
Pictured: Danny Baker's 'racist' tweet. Danny has since returned to Twitter to share an apology with his followers
'My go-to photo when any posh people have a baby is this absurd chimpanzee in a top hat leaving the hospital.
'Had it not been Meghan - perfectly good joke. I was trying to make a point about class and it's just preposterous.'
Speaking about the moment he was sacked, he told MailOnline: 'Basically they said to me 'you meant that tweet' I said to them 'you think so?
'And I said, 'well f*** you and f*** off'.
It is the third time Baker has been sacked by the BBC, after he was dismissed by Five Live in 1997 in a row over a referee and in in 2012, when his BBC London show was axed.
Danny has since returned to Twitter to share an apology with his followers, writing: '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.'
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He continued: 'Anyway I am now paying the price for this crass & regrettable blunder and rightly so.
'Probably even this final word from me will extend the mania. ('Dog whistle' anyone?) I would like to thank friends on here for their kinder words and once again - I am so, so sorry.'
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My view: I don't think the police should waste time and money on things like this, he's lost his job, he has apologised, yes what he did was disgusting and in very poor taste but that should be it now. I don't think he should lose his job. The BBC should have given his three months wages to charity. They're going to have to arrest most of social media users, it's been shared around the world, especially those that made the meme? I wonder why Alan Sugar wasn't sacked for his racist tweet, is it because he's upper class and Danny Baker is middle class.