"And even more important in these perilous times, you rock the vote, always fighting for, in your own words, Truth, transparency, and integrity in government".
Robert De Niro speaks onstage during the 72nd Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 10, 2018 in New York City. "Boy, do we need that now!" Fortunately, audience members inside the house clarified over Twitter, reporting that De Niro said, "I'm going to say this - F- TRUMP".
The Tonys were being broadcast live on CBS in the United States, with censors managing to bleep the actor's profane message.
"I'm gonna say one thing". Before doing that, De Niro chose to open with a message for President Donald Trump, who will soon meet with Kim Jon Ung.
De Niro was introducing Bruce Springsteen, who is starring in a Broadway production of his own, which has sold out tickets for months.
However, the audience inside the venue could hear every word of De Niro's rant. "The offensive language was deleted from the broadcast".
Twitter blew up nearly immediately after De Niro's comments, with a variety of reactions across the social media site. Here is what people had to say.
A noted liberal, he has been critical of President Trump, a Republican, at other show business events, but none with the high profile and reach of the Tony Awards, which salute performances in Broadway theater.
The 68-year-old star received a Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre in honour of his critically acclaimed show.