By Emily Goodin, Senior U.S. Political Reporter
03:06 04 Dec 2023, up to date 03:08 04 Dec 2023
- Robert De Niro paid tribute to honoree Billy Crystal and mocked his age:
- ‘You are solely 75 – meaning you are nearly six years away from being the proper age to be elected president,’ he mentioned
- Different honorees embrace Renee Fleming and Barry Gibbs
- CBS will broadcast Kennedy Middle Honors on December 27 at 9:00p.m.
President Joe Biden wagged his finger in warning at Robert De Niro when the actor mocked his age through the taping of the annual Kennedy Middle Honors.
De Niro, 80, was paying tribute to honoree Billy Crystal when he instructed the comic: ‘You are solely 75 – meaning you are nearly six years away from being the proper age to be elected president.’
The viewers burst into applause. Biden, 81, who was seated just a few chairs down from Crystal within the presidential field, shook his finger at De Niro. Earlier, at a White Home reception for the honorees, Biden joked that Crystal ‘promised me he isn’t going to main me – as a result of he would win.’
The president, nonetheless, obtained in fun afterward within the gala occasion. Actress Rita Moreno, 91, got here out after De Niro and mentioned: ‘previous age is so f***ing boring,’ inflicting Biden to burst into laughter.
Moreno, recognized for her Academy-Award successful efficiency within the 1962 movement image ‘West Aspect Story,’ was very vocal in regards to the challenge of Biden’s age when requested about it on the purple carpet earlier than the taping started.
‘I am older than he’s. I might be president to come back to think about it,’ she mentioned. ‘I believe that as a result of it is like an aged particular person, they do not assume that is working,’ she added, tapping her head.
Republicans, together with Donald Trump who is barely three years youthful than Biden, have made his age a problem within the 2024 election. Polls additionally present voters are involved about Biden’s age. He’s the oldest president ever elected.
Moreno expressed her concern about it as voters put together to determine the nation’s subsequent president.
‘There is a misperception and the opposite facet is taking benefit that scares me, as a result of the opposite facet is fairly ruthless,’ she mentioned. ‘I hope that is not what’s on the minds of excellent Individuals.’
She had been on the White Home reception for Kennedy Middle Honors earlier Sunday and mentioned she talked to President Biden and first girl Jill Biden.
‘He seems fabulous. He is completely satisfied as a clam. I do not understand how he does it,’ she mentioned.
The forty sixth annual Kennedy Middle Honors taped on Sunday night time and can air on CBS on December twenty seventh. The honorees get a weekend of festivities, together with a dinner on the State Division on Saturday night time the place they provide acceptance remarks and a Sunday afternoon reception on the White Home, hosted by the Bidens.
Gloria Estefan returned as host, beginning the night by main a congo line of dancers by the Kennedy Middle’s Opera Home, whereas belting out her 1985 hit ‘Conga.’
‘Your artwork has worth however that has contributed to the material of our society,’ she instructed the honorees.
Along with actor and comic Billy Crystal; the Kennedy Middle celebrated soprano Renée Fleming; British singer-songwriter producer, and member of the Bee Gees, Barry Gibb; rapper, singer, and actress Queen Latifah; and singer Dionne Warwick.
A lot of Sunday night time’s tribute to Crystal famous his love of baseball, his 9 instances as Oscar host, and his well-known romantic comedy When Harry Met Sally.
Meg Ryan made a shock look on stage to honor her co-star within the 1989 hit film. She began by speaking in regards to the now-infamous scene the place her character fakes an orgasm throughout a lunch with Crystal’s character throughout a lunch at Katz’s Delicatessen.
‘The scene got here actually pure to me and I actually have Billy to thank for that. I’ve by no means been round anybody who made faking an organism simpler,’ she mentioned because the viewers burst into laughter.
And director Rob Reiner revealed it was truly Crystal who wrote the movie’s well-known line, cited by one of many actor’s within the deli scene: ‘Billy wrote what I imagine is making the funniest line in all of film historical past. I will have what she’s having. Mentioned by my mom.’
Warwick was honored for her Grammy-award successful singing profession with a wide range of musical performances, together with Chloey Bailey, who sang Stroll on By; Cynthia Erivo, who belted out Warwick’s basic Alfie; and Gladys Knight, who sang Say a Little Prayer.
This 12 months’s ceremony additionally honors the fiftieth anniversary of hip hop. As a part of it, actress Kerry Washington led the tributes to Queen Latifah.
She famous of the actress and singer’s stage identify: ‘She flipped by a e book of names and selected one as her personal. Latifah is an Arabic identify which means light, form and nice. That is how she noticed herself. After which, at age 17, when it was time to create her skilled moniker, she added the title queen and in doing so this younger black lady from East Orange New Jersey crafted the lens by which the world would ceaselessly see her.’
Soprano Renee Fleming was by a wide range of singers, together with Dove Cameron and Tituss Burgess.
And actress Christine Baranski introduced the laughs when she talked about when she and Fleming had in frequent.
She famous that ‘I first met Renee on the profit for Juilliard, our alma mater. We rapidly bonded speaking in regards to the challenges of elevating two daughters, managing busy careers, the significance of girls’s training. Then I attended her opening up La Traviata and she or he got here to my premiere of Mamma Mia.’
‘Appears that I really like Verdi and she or he loves Alba,’ she famous.
Sigourney Weaver paid tribute to Fleming’s humanitarian work, together with within the areas of world well being and humanities training.
The ultimate honoree of the night was British singer and music author Barry Gibbs.
It included a video tribute from singers who carried out songs written by Gibbs, together with: Dolly Parton, Lionel Richie, Paul McCarthy, and Barbara Steisand.
Singer Michael Buble described Gibbs as a person ‘with a delicate facet however somebody with actual emotional intelligence. by tapping right into a deeper a part of himself, and sharing it with the world. He brings us again to our very personal humanity, that I discussed that the songs are there additionally as attractive as hell.’
He then sang How Can You Mend a Damaged Coronary heart.
Previous recipients of Kennedy Middle Honors embrace George Clooney, U2, Tina Turner, Cher and the forged of Hamilton.
On this 12 months’s class, Crystal is thought for such movies as When Harry Met Sally…, Metropolis Slickers, and Analyze This.
He is additionally a ninetime host of the Academy Awards and has received six Emmy Awards. Crystal, alongside Robin Williams and Whoopi Goldberg, served as co-host of Comedian Aid’s televised fundraising occasions on HBO. By specials broadcast between 1986 and 2008, Comedian Aid raised $75 million to assist provide medical assist to the homeless.
He was the 2007 recipient of the Kennedy Middle Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.
Fleming has 5 Grammy awards and the U.S. Nationwide Medal of Arts. The opera has sung in all the things from the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony to Barack Obama’s first presidential inauguration to the Diamond Jubilee Live performance for Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace.
In 2014, she turned the primary classical artist ever to sing the Nationwide Anthem on the Tremendous Bowl.
She is also a Goodwill Ambassador for Arts and Well being for the World Well being Group.
The Guinness World Data and Billboard checklist Gibb alongside solely Paul McCartney as one of many two most profitable widespread songwriters of all time.
As a member of the Bee Gees along with his brothers Robin and Maurice, the trio offered over 220 million data, whereas writing 21 completely different songs to prime the U.S. or U.Ok. charts together with ‘Staying Alive’ and ‘Saturday Evening Fever.’
Born on the Isle of Man within the U.Ok. in 1946, Gibb is a nine-time Grammy Award winner and an inductee into the Rock & Roll Corridor of Fame and Songwriters Corridor Of Fame.
Queen Latifah has six Grammy Awards for her music profession.
Her movie credit embrace Jungle Fever, Chicago, and Bringing Down the Home. Her tv credit embrace Dwelling Single and Star.
Warwick has greater than 60 charted hit songs beneath her belt and offered over 100 million data. Her humanitarian work contains AIDS consciousness.
She comes from a musical household. One in all her cousins was the late Whitney Houston.
Her musical hits embrace ‘Do not Make Me Over,’ ‘Stroll On By’ and ‘I Say a Little Prayer.’
Warwick carried out within the all-star charity single, ‘We Are the World.’ She additionally made recording historical past with Gladys Knight, Elton John, and Stevie Surprise with ‘That is What Buddies 7 Are For,’ a primary hit from 1985 and the primary recording devoted to elevating consciousness for AIDS.
CBS will broadcast the forty sixth Annual Kennedy Middle Honors on December 27 at 9:00p.m. ET/PT.