×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

CBS Deletes Robert De Niro’s ‘Offensive Language’ From Tony Awards Live Telecast

Robert De Niro got a standing ovation at the Tony Awards for shouting “F— Trump” from the stage to the crowd at Radio City Music Hall. But viewers at home didn’t hear the expletive thanks to the 10-second delay CBS had on the live telecast and the quick reflexes of a CBS Program Practices executive monitoring the show back at the CBS Broadcast Center in New York.

CBS confirmed that De Niro went off script in his remarks as he took the stage to introduce Bruce Springsteen’s performance on the Tony telecast. The CBS Program Practices executive monitoring the show has the ability to push a delete button to drop audio entirely from the telecast.

“Mr. De Niro’s comments were unscripted and unexpected. The offensive language was deleted from the broadcast,” CBS said in a statement.

The issue of curse words uttered on live TV has become an increasing headache for broadcast networks, whose airwaves are policed by the FCC during the hours of 6 a.m. and 10 p.m.

CBS, Fox, ABC, and NBC in recent years have waged long-running legal battles over FCC sanctions for what are known in commission-speak as “fleeting expletives” that come up unexpectedly in live TV, particularly in coverage of sporting events and awards shows. The threat of FCC fines and advertiser concerns about the programming environment have pushed more networks to put live events on a telecast delay of five seconds or more.

More TV

  • Biggest Scandals Feuds and Apologies of

    Biggest Scandals, Feuds and Apologies of 2019

    Variety looks back on some of the biggest scandals, feuds and apologies of 2019: College Admissions Scandal Wealthy parents including Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin were charged with bribing school officials to get their unqualified kids into prestigious universities. Shane Gillis Executives at “SNL” hired, then fired, Gillis in September, before the new season started, [...]

  • Biggest Media Moments of 2019

    From 'Catch & Kill' to Shepard Smith: The Biggest Media Moments of 2019

    Variety looks back on some of the most memorable media events of 2019: ‘Catch & Kill’ Reopens Wounds at NBC News Ronan Farrow’s book relitigates his complaints that NBC News tried to tamp down his investigation of harassment and assault allegations against Harvey Weinstein. NBC News denies the claim. The book contains new allegations against [...]

  • Reno 911

    'Reno 911!' Revival Set at Quibi

    The classic Comedy Central series “Reno 911!” is being revived at Quibi for a seventh season. The original series ran from 2003 to 2009. Original series creators and cast members Robert Ben Garant, Thomas Lennon, and Kerri Kenney-Silver are attached to write and star in the new season. Peter Principato of Artists First will executive [...]

  • 8/23/19Executive Producer Vin Di Bona, Executive

    From YouTube to TikTok, 'AFV' Embraces Emerging Platforms to Stay on Top at 30

    Even as technology caught up to ABC’s “America’s Funniest Home Videos,” the 30-year-old clip show found a way to co-exist with online viral videos. “We’ve worked with YouTube and Snapchat and other platforms to embrace how we can utilize what we do and what they do,” says “AFV” creator Vin Di Bona. Since it began [...]

  • The Two Popes Netflix

    'Two Popes' Walk Into Abbey Road Recording Studio (No Joke)

    The soundtrack to Netflix’s “The Two Popes” is the tonally diverse product of Grammy Award-winning musician Bryce Dessner who was tasked by director Fernando Meirelles to score the film, generating large-scale cinematic energy to unseen, intimate moments between religious figures.  Scheduled for release on Friday, Dec. 20, “The Two Popes” explores the friendship between Pope [...]

  • Isabella Gomez Says Auditions 'Dwindled' After

    Isabella Gomez Says Auditions 'Dwindled' After 'One Day At A Time'

    Actress Isabella Gomez claims she started receiving less auditions once it became known she was Latina after starring as Elena Alvarez in “One Day at a Time.”  “It’s interesting because I am white passing. So, when I got here people didn’t know I was Latina. I was going out all the time, getting call backs [...]

  • "A Party Invitation, Football Grapes and

    TV Ratings: 'Young Sheldon' Rises Up Against 'Thursday Night Football'

    Up against fierce competition in the form of a blockbuster “Thursday Night Football” between the Dallas Cowboys and the Chicago Bears, “Young Sheldon” managed to gain week-to-week and top the scripted TV ratings chart for the night. The “Big Bang Theory” spinoff scored a 1.1 rating among adults 18-49, up 12% from the 0.98 rating [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content