Robert De Niro attacks Trump at Tony Awards

Robert de Niro
Oscar-winning actor, Robert de Niro. [Photo credit:]

Oscar-winning actor, Robert de Niro, got a standing ovation at the Tony Awards on Sunday after delivering a tirade against President Donald Trump on stage.

Tony Awards recognises excellence in live Broadway theatre.

The actor was there to introduce a performance by Bruce Springsteen but had a quick message to deliver beforehand, CNN reported, Sunday.

“I’m going to say one thing: F**k Trump!” De Niro said as the crowd went wild.

The comment was such a hit with the awards show attendees that the actor then repeated the message again.

“It’s no longer down with Trump, it’s F**k Trump,” he said.

De Niro’s profanity was censored on U.S. television with many viewers taking to Twitter to find out what exactly the 74-year-old had said.

CBS confirmed that De Niro went off script in his remarks as he took the stage to introduce Bruce Springsteen’s performance on the Tony telecast.

“Mr. De Niro’s comments were unscripted and unexpected. The offensive language was deleted from the broadcast,” CBS said in a statement.

The Oscar-winner, who has repeatedly criticised the president, reportedly chided Mr Trump while speaking at a ceremony for the Jimmy and Rosemary Breslin “American Writer Award” at the Tweed Courthouse in Lower Manhattan on June 8.

“Our country is led by a president, who believes he can make up his own truth. And we have a word for that – bulls**t. So what about the truth? What does the truth even mean today? I mean, if you are Donald Trump, it doesn’t mean anything,” he was quoted as saying at the event.

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