Baker was accused of racism after seemingly mocking Markle’s heritage in a now deleted post that featured an image of two people holding hands with a small monkey dressed in a suit.
He posted the picture moments after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex revealed their son Archie, with the caption: “Royal baby leaves hospital.”
Lineker, who co-hosts the football podcast Behind Closed Doors with Baker, told The Times he thought the BBC’s decision to drop him “was a bit of a knee-jerk reaction”.
He said: “There’s history with Danny. I think he can upset people from time to time. He’s quite vociferous and opinionated.”
Lineker added: “If I thought for one minute Danny was in any way racist, I wouldn’t be doing this [podcast] with him.”
When asked whether broadcasters should be alert to racist connotations, Lineker said: “Yes. I don’t disagree and I don’t think Danny would argue with that at all. He made a massive mistake. He’s had an awful summer.”
At the time, comedian Dara Ó Briain posted a tweeted in Baker’s defence, saying: “What? Danny Baker got fired? But he immediately apologised and deleted the tweet! I mean, literally, in the event of mistakenly causing offence, what else can you do? Genuinely amazed by that.”
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