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Police investigate Danny Baker 'royal baby' tweet

PICTURED: Danny Baker

DANNY BAKER is being investigated by police over his now deleted royal baby tweet which resulted in him being fired by the BBC.

The tweet, which was posted on Wednesday (May 8), showed an image of a couple holding hands with a chimpanzee dressed in clothes with the caption: "Royal Baby leaves hospital".

After intense criticism for the racial connotations associated with the image, Baker was fired from his post at BBC Radio 5 Live and now Scotland Yard said the force had received an allegation in relation to a tweet.

"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 Met said.

On Friday, Baker said he wanted to "formally apologise for the outrage I caused" following "one of the worst days of my life".

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

"In attempting to lampoon privilege and the news cycle I went to a file of goofy pictures and 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***, what had I done? I needed no lessons on the centuries slurs equating simians and people of colour. Racism at it's basest."

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