Royal baby: Danny Baker returns for ‘one of the BEST nights of career’ after BBC sacking

The former BBC Radio 5 Live host was sacked last week following his tweet regarding the birth of Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor on Tuesday. The presenter was swiftly sacked by the BBC but has now returned to the stage in Nottingham where he declared that it was “one of the best nights of his career”. Danny performed at the Theatre Royal where he went onto to try and make light of the decision while also insisting that he made a mistake.

Speaking during the performance, he said: “I do want to say this and I’m not milking it but it’s been one of the best nights of my career tonight.

“When life deals you lemons, you chuck them at people calling you a racist.

“You wouldn’t believe how I was feeling 20 minutes ago but I’m so pleased so let’s do this.”

Opening the second-half of his show, Danny also praised the crowd for the reception.

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He said: “I’ve never been a sentimental sort.

“But I’m numb with gratitude tonight, I caught my wife in the break and you reduced her to a pile of tears.”

The 61-year-old originally tweeted a black and white picture of a well-dressed man and woman holding hands with a chimpanzee, which was also dressed in a suit.

Soon after he tweeted the picture, the radio host was inundated with criticism from many on the social media website.

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Underneath, Danny captioned the image by saying “Royal Baby leaves hospital”.

Following the backlash on Twitter, Danny released a statement: “Sorry my gag pic of the little fella in the posh outfit has whipped some up.

“Never occurred to me because, well, mind not diseased.

“Soon as those good enough to point out it’s possible connotations got in touch, down it came.

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“And that’s it. Now stand by for sweary football tweets.”

Danny denies that there was racist intent behind the post but admits he is now “paying the price… and rightly so”.

He said: “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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“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 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… What had I done?

“I needed no lessons on the centuries slurs equating simians and people of colour. Racism at it’s basest.

“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’?”

He added: “Anyway I am now paying the price for this crass and regrettable blunder and rightly so. Probably even this final word from me will extend the mania.  I would like to thank friends on here for their kinder words and once again – I am so, so sorry.”