De Niro's expletive, also called the "F-bomb", was bleeped by the CBS television network for millions of television watchers.
De Niro threw his arms in the air defiantly as the crowd cheered and gave him a standing ovation. Before doing that, De Niro made a decision to open with a message for President Donald Trump, who will soon meet with Kim Jon Ung.
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"Mr De Niro's comments were unscripted and unexpected", said a CBS spokesperson. "Boy, do we need that now!" "Who's gonna argue with him?"
De Niro, a noted liberal, has been increasingly critical of Trump, a Republican, at smaller show business events, but none have the high profile and audience of the Tony Awards.