Danny Baker show returning to the BBC after he was axed for ‘racist’ royal baby tweet

A Danny Baker show will return to the BBC tonight after he was fired from the broadcaster over a “racist” post about Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s baby son Archie.

The former I’m A Celebrity star, 61, was axed after he shared a photo of a monkey dressed in a hat and coat alongside the caption: “Royal baby leaves hospital,” after the royal couple welcomed their first child into the world.

A repeat programme, People’s History of Pop which was first aired in 2016, featuring the presenter will now be on BBC4 on Friday night.

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The show features Danny examining popular songs from 1966 to 1976.

A BBC spokesperson said: "The People’s History of Pop is a repeated series that was first broadcast in 2016 and Danny Baker presents one episode."

It comes after the presenter issued a grovelling apology after facing backlash for the tweet.

He tweeted: "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.

"In attempting to lampoon privilege & the news cycle I went to a file of goofy pictures & saw the chimp dressed as a Lord and thought, 'That's the one!' Had I kept searching I might have chosen General Tom Thumb or even a baby in a crown. But I didn't. God knows I wish had.

"Minutes later I was alerted by followers that this royal baby was of course mixed race and waves of panic and revulsion washed over me. F**k, what had I done? I needed no lessons on the centuries slurs equating simians and people of colour. Racism at it's basest."

He added: "I am aware black people do not need a white man to tell them this. Deleting it immediately and apologising for the awful gaffe I even foolishly tried to make light of it. (My situation that is, not the racism involved.) Too late and here I am.

"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****d up. Badly.

"But it was a genuine, naive and catastrophic mistake. There is of course little media/twitter traction in such a straight-forward explanation. The picture in context as presented was obviously shamefully racist. It was never intended so – seriously who on earth would 'go there'?

"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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