Stars come out for Danny Baker after BBC axes radio show
Celebrities take to Twitter to slam the BBC for its 'flabbergasting' decision to axe Treehouse show
A HOST of comedians, writers and fellow presenters have come out in support of BBC radio presenter Danny Baker after his on-air announcement yesterday that his Radio London show was getting the axe.
Baker, who is due to be inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in just a week, used what was probably the final episode of The Treehouse to slam the BBC for their apparently financially-motivated decision saying, "I hope their abacus comes undone and they choke on the beads."
He added, "By the way, nice way to treat a bloke who had cancer". As The Times reports, his on-air tirade came two years to the day after he told listeners he had been diagnosed with throat cancer.
Baker denied a BBC spokeswoman's statement that they were "in discussions" with Baker about "options for a weekly programme". He tweeted from his @prodnose account: "In fact, I haven't heard a single word from them at all".
The reaction was swift and very public as the Twittersphere buzzed with criticism of the BBC's decision.
"Next week @prodnose is inducted into Radio Academy Hall of fame," wrote Stephen Fry. "Not surprising, he's the best. Today the BBC are axing his show. Dickwits."
Comedian Rob Brydon reacted: "Glad the BBC are axing Danny Baker's daily radio show. I've had it up to here with his wit, warmth and originality". That tweet's already been shared more than 2,000 times.
Several commenters have raised the timing of Baker's departure in the light of the damage caused to the corporation by the Jimmy Savile allegations.
"The BBC canonise Jimmy Savile and can Danny Baker — and when they lose that licence fee, this will be why," said Tony Parsons.
A petition to save the show has been launched by Digitalspy.com. It reads, "Dear BBC, Please reconsider axing Danny Baker's fantastic radio show. It is an award-winning show that deserves to be celebrated."