"I mean, if you're Donald Trump, it doesn't mean anything".
"I'm gonna say one thing: F-k Trump", De Niro shouted, raising his arms into the air as the crowd cheered for almost half a minute. "It's no longer down with Trump".
De Niro's Tony Awards appearance came just days after he spoke to high school students at the Jimmy and Rosemary Breslin Writer Awards, where he described Trump as a "congenital liar" and a "mean-spirited, soulless, amoral, abusive con-artist son of a b-h".
The brief, nearly token, insult provoked a disproportionately strong reaction from the audience at New York's Radio City Music Hall.
David Yazbek picked up Best Score for "The Band's Visit", and Katrina Lenk and Tony Shalhoub, both magnificent in the show, won Best Actress and Best Actor.
Andrew Garfield, the star of the revival of "Angels in America", the victor of the Tony Award for best revival of a play, beat out a starry group of best-actor-in a-play nominees.
BT boss Gavin Patterson to step down
He will step down when a successor is in place, likely in the second half, BT said in a statement yesterday. BT said last month that sales dropped 1% in the year ended March 31, while profits dropped 2%.
Who's Hosting?: Josh Groban and Sara Bareilles have been named this year's emcees.
The Tonys have always been the most democratic of all the awards show, bringing the best moments of pricey Broadway productions to the masses over the free airwaves of broadcast TV.
The 2007 film, The Band's Visit, was critically acclaimed when it was released in Israel, receiving 8 Ophir Awards, including best film, best director, best lead actor for Gabbai and best lead actress for the late Ronit Elkabetz.
Airing on Sunday, the awards show will recognize the best of Broadway's 2017-18 season.
"What makes this fourth time special is that this is the first time I'll actually be on the Tony stage with my cast representing our Tony-nominated show!"