Robert De Niro Gets Standing Ovation for "Fuck Trump" Speech at the Tony Awards
"I'm gonna say one thing"
Published Jun 11, 2018The Tony Awards were handed out during Broadway's biggest celebration last night (June 10), and Robert De Niro managed to steal the spotlight away from all the other stars in the room during his time on stage.
At the ceremony as a presenter, De Niro was there to introduce a performance by Bruce Springsteen — which he did, but only after sharing some choice words for the U.S. president.
"I'm gonna say one thing," he started. "Fuck Trump."
"It's no longer 'Down with Trump,' it's 'Fuck Trump,'" he reiterated.
The surprising comment (which was unsurprisingly bleeped out on the American broadcast of the awards show) garnered a standing ovation from the audience.
Following the well-received remark, De Niro continued on with the prepared introduction to Springsteen.
Watch an uncensored clip of De Niro's Tony speech below.
UPDATE (6/11, 2:15 p.m. EDT): Earlier today at a press conference in Toronto announcing a new Nobu restaurant, hotel and residence project, De Niro issued an apology to Canada on behalf of the United States.
The additional Trump criticism comes following the U.S. president's refusal to endorse the G7 communiqué over the weekend in Quebec, and his string of tweets calling Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau "dishonest" and "weak."
"I just want to make a note of apology for the idiotic behaviour of my president," De Niro said. "That's a disgrace, and I apologize to Justin Trudeau and the other people at the G7. It's disgusting."
De Niro has long been an outspoken critic of Donald Trump. He also guest starred as U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller in multiple episodes of Saturday Night Live during the show's most recent season.