CBS censors were quick on the trigger, excising everything DeNiro said up to the point where he started basking in the audience's reaction and putting up his dukes like he was Jake LaMotta in his prime.
Co-hosts Josh Groban and Sara Bareilles kicked the show off with a self-parodying duet on piano for all the losers out there - including them.
Rather than showcase one of its classic romantic ballads, Carousel went with a dance-heavy number, "Blow High, Blow Low".
Kicking off the final hour of the night were the ladies of Summer: The Donna Summer Musical.
Tropical Storm Aletta nears hurricane status
On Sunday evening, Bud was located 235 miles south of the mainland resort city of Manzanillo, boasting sustained gusts of 80 mph. Forecasters believe Aletta will keep the worst conditions well offshore, which will limit the potential for any threats to land.
Angels in America a sprawling two-part drama about the AIDS crisis, was named this year's Best Play Revival.
A-list talent expected to be on hand this year includes Robert De Niro, Claire Danes, Billy Joel, Carey Mulligan, Jim Parsons and Kerry Washington.
The denunciation is less of a surprise when you consider that a month before Trump was elected, De Niro made a video in which he called him a "pig" and a "bullshit artist". He then referenced last weeks U.S. Supreme Court decision which ruled in favor of a bakers right to deny a gay couple a wedding cake based on his beliefs.
The legendary actor dropped the f-bomb while introducing Bruce Springsteen, who won a special Tony for Springsteen on Broadway and performed "My Hometown" at the show honoring the best of Broadway. Though "Mean Girls" was nominated for 12 awards, the stage adapation of the Tina Fey film did not win any. "If he walked into a restaurant I was in - I'd walk out", he told the news outlet.
The "deplorables" who voted for Trump probably were not watching the Tony Awards. That primetime ceremony of a year ago also had the distinction of facing the deciding game of 2017 Stanley Cup Finals with the wining Pittsburgh Penguins Nashville Predators.