"After De Niro, CBS told us to do something drastic, so here we are", Groban joked.
Robert De Niro didn't set foot on a Broadway stage this past year, yet on last night's Tony Awards, he received one of the loudest and most sustained ovations of the night with only two words: "Fuck Trump".
After the awards show, De Niro traveled to Toronto, Ontario and publicly apologized to the Canadian people for "the idiotic behavior of my president".
The verbal attack came following what Trump described as Trudeau's "false statements" on trade relations during the closing G7 news conference.
"F*** Trump!" he exclaimed. Trump advisers also ripped Trudeau, branding him a back-stabber.
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Thompson noted that Trump says nasty things about his political opposition all the time, though Ruhle countered that the recent controversy with Samantha Bee shows that this kind of coarseness "hurts the argument" in political discourse.
There may not be any angels in America, but according to De Niro there's at least one devil.
De Niro was introducing Bruce Springsteen, who is starring in a Broadway production of his own, which has sold out tickets for months. During the opening lunch at the Tribeca Film Festival in April, the actor called Trump a "mad man" and a "low life".
"Bruce, you can rock the house like nobody else", De Niro continued.
American viewers watching the Tonys at home only heard silence - the broadcast on CBS bleeped De Niro's expletive-heavy intro - but they saw the audience's largely enthusiastic reaction, the Associated Press reported.