At Toronto stop, De Niro apologizes for Trump's 'idiotic' behaviour

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The move, which generated headlines around the world, didn't appear to sit too well with The Project co-host Waleed Aly when it came up during Tuesday night's episode of the news program.

Robert De Niro took the stage at Radio City Music Hall for the 72nd annual Tony Awards Sunday night, but CBS completely bleeped out his first words. Aly asked after the footage was replayed on screen.

It doesn't happen to him often, but Springsteen's own appearance on the Tonys was almost overshadowed by that of his presenter, actor Robert De Niro, who unleashed an epithet toward President Trump that caused the CBS censors to quickly hit the bleep button (apparently it aired as is in some other countries) and set the social media world afire.

"So when De Niro finally got the call to see Springsteen play live, he said 'yes without asking any questions". "It's f-k Trump".

"F**k Trump" he told the adoring audience. "Boy, do we need that now".

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De Niro has been an outspoken critic of Trump, even saying in May he barred the president from visiting any locations of his swanky restaurant, Nobu.

With his fists raised towards the sky, De Niro explained: "I'm gonna say one thing".

While he might have expected others in Hollywood to defend him, he probably didn't expect someone to suggest President Donald Trump himself was to blame after the comments.

De Niro, a noted liberal, has been increasingly critical of Trump, a Republican, at smaller showbusiness events, but none have the high profile and audience of the Tony Awards. Attending the National Board of Review awards ceremony at the start of the year, De Niro called the President a "fucking idiot" and referred to him as both "baby-in-chief" and "jerkoff-in-chief".