Two weeks after Robert De Niro issued a complete ban for Donald Trump from his restaurants, and just months after he unleashed a profanity-laden tirade in January, in which he called Trump “baby in chief,” “jerkoff in chief” and “a fucking idiot", overnight the aging "Raging Bull" took his feud with Trump to a new level when De Niro repeatedly declared "Fuck Trump” while speaking onstage at the Tony Awards on Sunday night to introduce Bruce Springsteen’s musical performance, and promptly received a standing ovation.
The profanity was bleeped out in the live broadcast, but tweets from attendees and reporters confirmed De Niro’s remarks.
"I’m going to say one thing: 'Fuck Trump,’” said De Niro, who was presenting an award at the ceremony. "It’s no longer ‘down with Trump,' it’s 'fuck Trump'."
— Kristi Colleen (@KristiColleen) June 11, 2018
While the outburst from the iconic actor, who has been one of Trump’s harshest critics in the entertainment industry was not surprising, the support De Niro received from the audience was: the political statement earned De Niro a standing ovation from the crowd at Radio City Music Hall which erupted in cheers, while CBS scrambled to bleep the audio on the live telecast.
After the audience settled, De Niro got back to talking about Springsteen, who received a special Tony Award during Sunday night. The intimate show, “Springsteen on Broadway” — or as De Niro referred to it, “Jersey Boy” — features the Boss performing his music and sharing stories from his 2016 autobiography “Born to Run.” Tickets to the exclusive concert residency, which has been extended twice, are over $850.
As we reported at the time, last month De Niro said that Trump was banned from all of his Nobu restaurants and hotels, though a representative for De Niro later denied that was the case.