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Bette Midler Refused to Leave the Stage at the Tony Awards: ‘Shut That Crap Off’

Shut that crap off

Last night, Broadway legend Bette Midler won the best actress in a musical prize at the Tony Awards for “Hello Dolly!” Midler, who has been acting for nearly 50 years, refused to leave the stage during her thank you speech.

It’s kind of amazing and awe-inspiring to watch her say “Shut that crap off,” when the orchestra starts playing the infamous “get off the stage” music. She spoke for about four minutes, paying tribute to actresses who made history, saying that Broadway is a, “thing can lift your heart in these terrible, terrible times.”

She also recalled her time growing up in Honolulu, thanking the Hawaii locals who helped her while she didn’t have any fame or wealth–and helped her break into theater.

Watch her entire speech below:


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