De Niro gets a standing ovation for his comments directed at Donald Trump, while home viewers take to Twitter to figure out what he said.
Robert De Niro got a standing ovation at the Tony Awards while introducing Bruce Springsteen, but audiences at home were left scratching their heads as CBS quickly censored his comments not once, but twice.
It turns out the venerated actor was taking potshots -- make that pottymouth shots -- at the Commander in Chief again.
With no context or setup necessary, De Niro simply walked out and said, "I’m just going to say one thing. F--k Trump!" As the audience erupted in cheers, De Niro quickly added, "It’s no longer 'Down with Trump.' It’s ‘F--k Trump!" Oh, he did then introduce Springsteen.
Without condemning or praising his comments, CBS quickly responded. "Mr. De Niro’s comments were unscripted and unexpected. The offensive language was deleted from the broadcast," the network said in a statement to Deadline.
It was the most pointed political commentary of the awards ceremony, and one that left no doubt where De Niro stands in relation to Donald Trump. It's actually become a common refrain from De Niro, who came under social media fire in January for an expletive-filled rant about Trump he gave at the National Board of Review gala.
There he called the president a "f--king idiot" and a "f--king fool." Twitter jumped all over those comments as well, but at least everyone knew exactly what he said. That response was evenly divided, as everything is now, along party lines.
This time, though, those lines were muddied by all the viewers at home who were trying to figure out what he said that got everyone so riled up. Honestly, they probably should have been able to guess.
Below are some of the most passionate responses from all three sides!
Someone at the #TonyAwards needs to tell us right now what Robert de Niro said that got bleeped - twice - because everyone at home is basically going crazy.— Liz Gumbinner (@Mom101) June 11, 2018
If any Republican Congressman criticizes Robert De Niro tomorrow for what he said about Trump, please ask them how they feel about any of the hundreds (thousands?) of offensive things Trump has said in the past two years, let alone in his lifetime.#TonyAwards— Charlotte Clymer🏳️🌈 (@cmclymer) June 11, 2018
Did Robert De Niro really get on stage at the Tony Awards and drop F bombs about Our President?? And how is this acceptable??? @realDonaldTrump Turning off all award shows. This is ridiculous. MAGA— fabulousandstrong (@fabulou63786942) June 11, 2018
WHAT DID ROBERT DE NIRO SAY WHY WAS IT CENSORED WHY IS THE CROWD GOING CRAZY— sydney 💖 (@clarabellecows) June 11, 2018
Robert De Niro apparently said “F—k Trump” at the Tony Awards and the media is telling me that it was “shocking” and “stunning.” It would have been far more “shocking” if De Niro didn’t act like a vulgar triggered dipshit.— Stefan Molyneux (@StefanMolyneux) June 11, 2018
Robert De Niro is the GOAT. Goodnight.— Casey D'Ron (@CinematicCase) June 11, 2018
Ditto to whatever it was Robert De Niro just said. #TonyAwards— Zonkvadr (@Zonkvadr) June 11, 2018
All these people crying about what Robert De Niro said are just admitting they hold celebrities to a higher standard than they hold the man they elected president. lets play the tapes of what he says about women. #RollThem #TonyAwards— Michelle Guido (@heyyguido) June 11, 2018
Robert De Niro, you just did what only David Hogg probably managed to accomplish:— Maya (@MbmpPB7) June 11, 2018
1) Increase GOP turnout for the Midterms by 1000%
2) Increase chance for @realDonaldTrump re-election in 2020 by 200%
3) Lose ALL credibility for YOURSELF#MAGA
Who has the uncensored version of what Robert De Niro just said!?#TonyAwards— Michael Tannenbaum (@iamTannenbaum) June 11, 2018
Special Tony award for Robert De Niro for that incredible performance on the #TonyAwards.— Alex (@TheBirchedWale) June 11, 2018
I need to know what Robert de Niro said immediately #TonyAwards— Corner of the Sky (@cotspodcast) June 11, 2018
Waiting on Trump to tweet something passive-aggressive about how Robert De Niro is a terrible actor. pic.twitter.com/BHJWoIVoLf— Gena Hymowech (@genah) June 11, 2018
Inarticulate, Low IQ Robert DeNiro screams 'F--- Trump' on The Tony Awards and gets a standing ovation. Nothing helps Pres Trump's popularity more then having the pompous, very elitist Broadway crowd boo him. https://t.co/5RXbrS0lVf #MAGA2018— MARK SIMONE (@MarkSimoneNY) June 11, 2018
Robert De Niro I looove youuu— Dick's fine (@GxldenLxvers) June 11, 2018
I’ll give free tix to the 2056 newsies revival to whoever tweets me what Robert De Niro said that got bleeped out #TonyAwards— Sensitive Jack Kelly (@SensitiveJack) June 11, 2018
the fact that Robert De Niro just got a standing ovation for coming out on stage and saying “f*** you trump” makes me love the theatre community so much more than i already did #TonyAwards— gabriella rivera (@gabrivera42) June 11, 2018
The best part of that Robert De Niro moment was that everyone knew exactly what he said even though he was bleeped out— Trevor Vallese (@TVallese) June 11, 2018
Let me get this straight. The same people who called Barack Obama racial slurs, said Michelle Obama is a transgender, who calls Chelsea Clinton the donkey from Shrek are offended that Robert De Niro said Fuck Trump at the #TonyAwards🤔?— David Weissman (@davidmweissman) June 11, 2018
everyone watching the tonys from home rn bc no one knows what robert de niro just said pic.twitter.com/9NO6YP8oJH— katie💗💜💙 (@katieparasocks) June 11, 2018
Robert De Niro is the worst kind of human this world has to offer.— Mike Pampeo (@SecOfState70) June 11, 2018
#FuckTrump. Exclaimed Robert De Niro. And when the crowd cheered he exclaimed again #FuckTrump . The #FuckTrump crowd then rose to a standing #FuckTrump ovation because at this point #FuckTrump is what more than half of the #FuckTrump country says every #FuckTrump day. *trendit— Wicked-DancingDictators (@TheTownie88) June 11, 2018
I'm not going to say anything mean-spirited about Robert De Niro.— #ThePersistence (@ScottPresler) June 11, 2018
I think De Niro is a great case study of what hate can do to a person. While he spews hatred at elitist award shows, President Trump is working towards World Peace.
Love Trumps Hate, am I right? #TonyAwards
Typical Hollywood filth calling Trump a son of a bitch!— Russell Gazzetti (@RGazzetti) June 11, 2018
Robert De Niro auditioning for the leading role in the remake of "The one who flew over the cuckoo's nest"
Di Niro constantly projecting on Trump, and always surrounded by at least 3 armed body guards!!
Hypocrite de jour https://t.co/xXsl0nWoAw
i needed to hear robert de niro's mafia voice say "fuck trump"— jizzlobber! (@fryedpig) June 11, 2018
Friends live at the Tonys...please translate Robert De Niro ASAP for those of us with bleeps at home. Thanks! 👍🏻— Julie Reiber Bennett (@juliereiber) June 11, 2018
Robert De Niro showing his true colors...NO CLASS! This is why Americans are against the Hollywood celebs. I refuse to support haters like this.— Becca (@blue6205) June 11, 2018
I can't believe Robert De Niro got bleeped twice for saying “Spongebob deserves Best Musical” #TonyAwards — Walcott (@JrMoe_) June 11, 2018
The two standing ovations tonight: The parkland students singing seasons of love...and Robert de Niro saying “f*** trump”. This is Broadway. #TonyAwards— Luke Weber (@itsLukeWeber) June 11, 2018
Media will tell us Robert De Niro went too far, if not for the puns alone, but we know Americans agree. #TonyAwards— Kaivan Shroff (@KaivanShroff) June 11, 2018
Me writing an angry letter to CBS for bleeping out Robert de Niro. pic.twitter.com/0KY9LVcI6M— Harry JC (@hjaycee) June 11, 2018
YOU DON'T CENSOR ROBERT DE NIRO YOU JUST DON'T DO IT #TONYAWARDS— Ashley Cline (@The_Cline) June 11, 2018