Prominent DJ Danny Baker is still due to appear at Nottingham’s Theatre Royal on Sunday for a comedy show following his sacking on Thursday, May 9.

The theatre itself has said the event is still going ahead despite the “outright racist” post which compared the new Royal baby to a chimpanzee.

Theatre Royal declined to comment further.

Baker, 61, has since removed the tweet and responded to criticism that he was being racist, stating the post was to do with the Royal family and class, rather than race, and instead, claimed his comments were “naive” and a “stupid gag”.

The tweet in question

Sir Alan Sugar’s World Cup blunder

People have suggested his sacking sets a dangerous precedent that racism is only condemned when directed at the Royals, referring to similar tweets by figures like Sir Alan Sugar, who compared Senegalese footballers to sunglasses sellers in Marbella.

Baker’s initial response

A more appropriate response this morning

Here are some responses to the tweet and subsequent sacking:

Dara O Briain 

It seems the Mock the Week presenter was surprised at the sacking of his fellow comedian, adding he hoped that if or when he “f*cked” up himself, that people might “accept an apology” from him.

Chizzy Akudolu

Prominent actor, presenter and writer, Chizzy Akudolu, made her opinion clear on the tweet as a black woman who has been a victim of racial abuse, stating it is not for the “poster” to decide what is deemed as discriminatory – but the person being discriminated against themselves.

Dawn Butler MP

Dawn Butler, Labour MP for Brent Central, also condemned the “joke” about the Royal baby calling it “deeply racist and simply wrong” and took the time to write to the Director-General of the BBC – asking for Alan Sugar to meet the same fate.


Scottish comedian ‘Limmy’ simply stated “Danny Baker is cancelled” – a simple but strong response.

Gyles Brandreth

The former MP and current broadcaster and writer, Gyles Brandreth has a less critical approach saying everyone is due to make mistakes and branded the DJ as a “great broadcaster” that he was honoured to know.

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