Bad behavior on Broadway
Tony Danza is facing backlash for his patronizing demeanor during an interview on Broadway this week. A TikTok video posted by entertainment reporter Rye Myers on Thursday (April 27) shows the "Who's the Boss?" alum responding to his questions with increasing hostility at the opening night of "New York, New York." The clip begins with Tony chatting with producer Jamie deRoy when Rye approaches him for a quick interview. "Relax a little," Tony tells Rye right off the bat. "You're more excited than we are. Take it easy." Rye responds by explaining that the event is "exciting" to him, but Tony's clearly not impressed. "I know, I know, I know, I know. OK," he says, finally agreeing to the chat. But Rye barely has a chance to get started before Tony shuts him down. Asked to name his "favorite New York City staple food," the actor puts a hand on the reporter's face and says, as if he's speaking to a child, "You know what you've got to do, buddy, you've got to come up with better questions." He then tells his producer friend, "Come on. Let's go," and walks away.
"I understand not everyone is in the mood to answer questions, and you can always pass," Rye captioned the post. "I asked these same questions (and a few others!) to heavy hitters like #JoelGray #linmanuelmiranda and others, and only #TonyDanza replied like this….To say I was blown away, shocked, and embarrassed is an understatement…But, my professionalism showed through!" In the comments, he explained that the show was "New York, New York" and "everyone was asking New York City-themed questions." A flood of TikTok users defended Rye and called out Tony for his rudeness. "That was so unkind it made me uncomfortable," one person wrote. "The touch on the face would have sent me into a fit of rage," another comment read. "*Cut to Tony Danza's daytime talk show and the terrible questions he used to ask*," one user joked. A third person slammed Tony as a "condescending a******" before commending Rye for maintaining his composure. As of Friday, Tony had not addressed the interview or subsequent backlash online.
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