Shamed British broadcaster Danny Baker whined Friday about having “the worst days of my life,” after getting fired for comparing new royal baby Archie to a chimp.
The 61-year-old’s tweet of the ape in smart clothes with the caption “Royal baby leaves hospital” sparked outrage because of the clear racist undertones with the Duchess of Sussex Meghan, 37, being mixed-race.
The celebrity radio and TV host was swiftly booted by the BBC on Thursday — then griped at length about his misfortune on Friday.
In a tweetstorm supposedly offering apologies — admitting, “I f–ked up. Badly.” — the radio star’s tone suggested he still felt wronged, complaining of how he was “paying the price” for an innocent but “regrettable blunder.”
“Following one of the worst days of my life I just want to formally apologize for the outrage I caused and explain how I got myself into this mess,” Baker started his tweets. “I chose the wrong photo to illustrate a joke. Disastrously so.”
Insisting he just wanted to “lampoon privilege,” he claims he only realized the racial connotations when followers almost instantly pointed out that newborn royal Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor was mixed race.
“Waves of panic and revulsion washed over me. F–k, what had I done?” he wrote, admitting that “the centuries slurs equating simians and people of color” was “racism at it’s basest.”
“I am aware black people do not need a white man to tell them this. Deleting it immediately and apologizing for the awful gaffe I even foolishly tried to make light of it,” he wrote, clarifying, “My situation that is, not the racism involved.”
“Too late and here I am,” he complained.
He insisted he understands “all of the clamor and opprobrium” he received, claiming, “I am not feeling sorry for myself. I f–ked up. Badly.”
Still, he ended the tweets by saying, “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?)”
The royal baby, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, was born Monday, with proud parents Meghan and Prince Harry publicly debuting him Wednesday.
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