You talking to me?
De Niro was talking to Tony viewers Sunday evening during the broadcast of the 72nd annual Tony Awards when a chunk of his speech was censored.
Before De Niro introduced a performance from Bruce Springsteen, television screens went silent and viewers were left wondering what was going on. Fortunately, audience members inside the house clarified over Twitter, reporting that De Niro said, “I’m going to say this — F— TRUMP. It’s no longer ‘Down with Trump,’ it’s F— TRUMP.”
After the thunderous applause died down, De Niro continued, “Now I’ll get to this introduction… Bruce, you can rock the house like nobody else and even more important in these perilous times, you rock the vote always fighting for truth, transparency, and integrity in government. Boy, do we need that now.”
De Niro has made no bones about his opposition to Donald Trump and his administration, having previously gone on a profanity-laced tirade against the president at the National Board of Review awards gala. The actor also popped up several times on Saturday Night Live this past season playing Robert Mueller, the lead investigator in a case looking into ties between Russia and the Trump campaign.
The Academy Award-winning actor also joked that the difficulty of getting a ticket to Springsteen’s Broadway show was why he had agreed to present at the Tony Awards. De Niro said, “Do you have any idea how hard it is to get tickets for Bruce Springsteen’s show on Broadway? It’s easier to get tickets for Hamilton.”
Springsteen then went on to deliver a soulful rendition of “My Hometown” along with an excerpt from the monologuing text of his one-man show. Earlier in the evening, Billy Joel presented him with his Special Tony Award.
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