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Robert De Niro dropped an F-bomb at a star-studded gala, calling a tech mogul "condescending" to celebrities

By Michael Miller
Updated November 06, 2015 03:30 PM
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Robert De Niro slipped into one of his tough-guy movie characters at a recent awards gala, cursing out a tech mogul for “condescending” to celebrities.

The Oscar winner made the remarks while taking the podium Wednesday at the star-studded WSJ Magazine 2015 Innovator Awards at New York City’s Museum of Modern Art, which included celebs like Angelina Jolie Pitt, Karlie Kloss, Brad Pitt and Jared Leto.

De Niro reportedly took offense when tech mogul Stewart Butterfield scanned the room full of “supermodels and movie stars,” and said, “We are a long way from San Francisco,” joking that he was receiving the “nerd award.” He then pointed at De Niro and said, “I watched Godfather II on the plane … when you killed Don Fanucci, I liked that.”

De Niro took the stage next to present an award to Jolie Pitt, but began by saying, “Whoever the last speaker was … I thought you were a bit condescending to us actors … celebrities. I’m gonna go on record with you just to say that. And I don’t give a f—- who you are,” according to Page Six.

It’s unclear which of Butterfield’s comments set De Niro off, but the actor reportedly finished his speech by praising Jolie Pitt, who, when accepting her award, later said, “I am honored to be among so many artists I truly admire.” She added, “As much as we have to celebrate, there is so much for us to do.”

Also in attendance at the event were director Danny Boyle, Miuccia Prada, authors Karl Ove Knausgaard and Zadie Smith, and NFL player Victor Cruz.