Bette Midler Stuns at the 2017 Tony Awards, Dismisses Play Off Music Like a Queen
By Antoinette Bueno
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Don't ever try to get Bette Midler off the stage!
The 71-year-old legend won the 2017 Tony Award for best actress in a musical for her performance in Hello, Dolly!on Sunday, and let everyone know she wasn't having it when producers attempted to cut her speech short with orchestra music.
"Thank you to the Tony voters, many of whom I’ve actually dated," she joked. "I'm so grateful for the outpouring of love and affection -- I can't remember the last time I had so much smoke blown up my a**, but there's no more room."
Midler then hilariously told the orchestra to "shut that crap off," as they attempted to play her off stage.
To top off her incredible night, the actress slayed the red carpet, sporting a dazzling Michael Kors gown.
Later, Midler tweeted she actually forgot to thank more people in her speech.
"In all the pandemonium tonight I neglected to thank the brilliant ensemble of Hello, Dolly!, whom I adore," she wrote. "Please forgive me kids! I'm old!"