“Hey Trump — I’m talkin’ to you!”
Robert De Niro dropped an F-bomb onstage during Sunday’s Tony Awards ceremony in a vulgar diatribe aimed at President Trump that got a standing ovation from the crowd at Radio City Musical Hall.
“I’m gonna say one thing: F–k Trump,” De Niro shouted, raising his arms into the air as the crowd cheered for nearly half a minute.
He then added, “It’s no longer down with Trump. It’s f–k Trump,” garnering more cheers.
The actor star made the comments while introducing a musical performance by Bruce Springsteen, who then took the stage to perform “My Hometown” on piano from his sold-out one-man show.
The censors on CBS were able to bleep out the short political rant, but those in attendance quickly put the statement out on social media.
Co-hosts Josh Groban and Sara Bareilles tried to make up for the awkward scene by switching costumes as they came onstage after the commercial break.
“I know what’s you’re thinking . . . but after De Niro, CBS told us to do something drastic,” Groban said while dressed in Bareilles’ costume from “Waitress.”
Meanwhile, the big winners from the night were acclaimed British import “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” and the shimmering, American, grown-up musical “The Band’s Visit.”
The two-part spectacle “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” captured six Tonys.
“The Band’s Visit,” based on a 2007 Israeli film of the same name about an Egyptian band that goes to the wrong Israeli town, won seven awards.
In a mesmerizing moment, Melody Herzfeld, the heroic drama teacher who has saved many of the students caught up in the Parkland, Fla., massacre, was honored onstage with the Excellence in Theater Education prize.
The one-woman drama department at Marjory Stoneman Douglas HS shepherded 65 students into a closet on that tragic Valentine’s Day.
Students from the school’s drama program then came onstage to perform “Seasons of Love” from “Rent,” leaving few dry eyes in the house.