Man named Danny Baker targeted by vicious trolls confusing him with BBC star

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  • 21:01, 9 MAY 2019
  • Updated21:08, 9 MAY 2019

A man named Danny Baker has become the target of keyboard warriors confusing him for the sacked BBC star.

The Twitter user has begged people to stop hurling online abuse at him after being branded a “racist scumbag” in the unfortunate identity mix-up.

He has since been forced to state he is not 'THE Danny Baker' in his Twitter bio and tweeted: "I AM NOT THE DANNY BAKER PLEASE STOP GETTING ME MIXED UP WITH THE PRESENTER ONE!"

One sympathetic Twitter user said: "What an unfortunate name to have right now."

Others mocked the mix-up and poked fun at Danny by saying: "That’s exactly what the real Danny Baker would say. Nice try Danny Baker."

Another quipped: "You say that, but I've never seen you both in the same room."

The other Danny Baker – the BBC Radio 5 Live host – was fired earlier today after the tweet he shared about the royal baby caused furore.

The 61-year-old tweeted and then deleted an image seemingly comparing the newborn Archie Harrison to a chimpanzee.

It was met with backlash as users believed Danny was mocking the Duchess of Sussex's racial heritage.

"Just got fired from @bbc5live. For the record – it was red sauce. Always," he tweeted this morning.

Remaining unrepentant, Danny added: "The call to fire me from bbc5live was a masterclass of pompous faux-gravity.

"Took a tone that said I actually meant that ridiculous tweet and the BBC must uphold blah blah blah. Literally threw me under the bus. Could hear the suits knees knocking. F**kem.

"Now it's started raining. Perfect. IntoEveryLife."

In an email sent to all 5 Live staff, controller Jonathan Wall said: "Danny made a serious error of judgement on social media last night and it goes against the values we live and breathe on this radio station.

"Danny has been a brilliant broadcaster for us and I want to thank him for his work."

The controversy started not long after Prince Harry and Meghan Markle gave the world its first glimpse of their son.

Danny tweeted the black and white image of a couple holding hands with a chimp dressed in a hat, cane and overcoat, writing above it: "Royal baby leaves hospital."

There was uproar and while Baker trended on Twitter he removed the post.

He then posted an apology, claiming that he had originally failed to realise the implications of posting the pic.

In a second tweet, Baker wrote: "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. And that's it.

"Now stand by for sweary football tweets."

Baker then replied to one of his followers, stating that the post was not meant to be 'racially insensitive'.

He wrote: "Connection never occurred to me till people were good enough to enlighten.

"Little fella in posh suit. Anyway, deleted now."

The presenter had spent the morning answering his door to members of the media asking him about the tweet.

Before his tweet about being fired, he wrote: "Here we go. Opened door, grinning hack. 'Do you think black people look like monkeys?'

"Any other time you'd knock someone right on their arse for saying that. No mate. Gag pic. Posh baby chimp. Alerted to circs. Appalled. Deleted. Apologised. He asks again!"

He added: "Would have used same stupid pic for any other Royal birth or Boris Johnson kid or even one of my own.

"It's a funny image. (Though not of course in that context.) Enormous mistake, for sure. Grotesque. Anyway, here's to ya Archie, Sorry mate."

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