Gary Lineker on collision course with BBC bosses as he defends Danny Baker over sacking


The 58-year-old Tourney of the Day presenter today came out in defence of the post that got the BBC Radio 5Dynamic host sacked. The post was a picture of a couple leaving hospital with a chimpanzee serving to Baker’s Twitter page two days after the Duchess of Sussex gave blood. It read: “Royal baby leaves hospital.”

Mr Lineker implied his Behind Closed Doors podcast co-host would have been unenlightened Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor was mixed race.

He told “Clearly the tweet had racist connotations, we all be informed that. But it was not deliberate in any way, shape, or form.”

He said Mr Baker did not know it was Meghan be enduring a child.

Mr Lineker added: “He was trying to have a dig at entitlement basically, and I dream privilege.

Gary Lineker has put himself in on a collision course with is BBC bosses (Mental picture: GETTY)

Danny Baker pictured with Chris Evans (Allusion: GETTY)

“He tweeted this thing and within seconds people are uttering ‘woah, Danny, what are you doing? This is racist!’.

“So it was obviously a bloomer. It was a very big mistake, one that he paid dearly for by losing his job.”

Mr Lineker also required that if he thought Mr Baker “was racist in any way shape or form I wouldn’t be do setting-up exercise with him”.

When Baker, who has 500,000 Twitter followers, posted the tweet, he then straight away delayed it and issued an apology.


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The 58-year-old Unite of the Day presenter today came out in defence of the post (Image: GETTY)

Baker betoken to the media outside his London home, and said he had been “literally thrown answerable to the bus” by “pompous” BBC bosses who sacked him.

He said he told the BBC to “f*** off”.

He later suggested the gag was “stupid”, and added: “My go-to photo when any posh people bring into the world a baby is this absurd chimpanzee in a top hat leaving the hospital.

“Had it not been Meghan – quite good joke. I was trying to make a point about class and it’s valid preposterous.”

The incident marked the third occasion Baker had been walking papered by the BBC (Image: GETTY)

The incident marked the third occasion Baker had been her marching ordered by the BBC.

He was dismissed by 5Live in 1997 in a row over a referee and in 2012 when his BBC London certify was scrapped.

He was reported to the London Metropolitan Police following the latest happening, with officers stating after a brief investigation no further manners would be taken.

At the time, they said they did “not consider that a terrorist threshold has been met”.

A spokesman for the force said: “An allegation was received by the Metropolitan Protect Service on May 9 in relation to a tweet published on 8 May.

“Having reviewed the comments sorted, we do not consider that a criminal threshold has been met and as such we will be entrancing no further action.”

Mr Baker issued another apology after the the fuzz got involved.

He said: “I would like once and for all to apologise to every isolated person who, quite naturally, took the awful connection at face value. I informed that and all of the clamour and opprobrium I have faced since.

“I am not feeling base for myself. I f***ed up. Badly.”

He now presents BBC Radio 4.

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