Reading about private moments in the lives of celebrities, as told by gossip magazines, who were told about the private moments from awful, gawking strangers is generally a nightmare I try to avoid whenever possible. None of it is any of my business, first of all, and it makes me feel bad to have to imagine a life in which you couldn’t go to the store and get an ice cream without the whole world thinking you’re pregnant and the baby is not your husband’s, but the guy who was standing behind you in line and also why is your outfit so disgusting and what’s up with your face? AHHH! NO THANK YOU. However, none of that applies to this story about Robert De Niro yelling at Jay-Z. From the NY Post, via Uproxx:

Robert De Niro and Jay-Z got into a tense beef at Leonardo DiCaprio’s birthday bash the other night, when De Niro called the rapper disrespectful, Page Six can exclusively reveal.

Spies say “Godfather II” and “Taxi Driver” star De Niro gave Jay a dressing-down in a roomful of celebs including Martin Scorsese because the rap mogul had refused to return De Niro’s calls.

Sources add that Jay tried to joke his way out of the situation, and even his wife, Beyoncé, tried to intervene, but De Niro wouldn’t back down.

“Bob was sitting at a table, and when Jay-Z went over to say hello, De Niro told Jay that he never called him back,” a source says.

A spy then overheard De Niro complaining to the rapper, a fellow TriBeCa resident, about a song Jay-Z agreed to record for the Tribeca Film Festival. De Niro had reached out to discuss further details, but Jay never returned his calls.

“Bob wasn’t in any mood to make polite conversation,” the spy says. “He told Jay that if somebody calls you six times, you call them back. It doesn’t matter who you are, that is just rude.”

When Jay-Z tried to make a joke of it, saying he is terrible on the phone, a source says, “De Niro kept telling him that he thinks he’s the man, but that he was disrespectful.’ ”

Haha! AHHH! JAY-Z! Jay-Z, you just got yelled at by Robert De Niro AT LEONARDO DICAPRIO’S BIRTHDAY and you deserved it! CALL ROBERT DE NIRO BACK, YOU JERK! Jerk-Z! Don’t tell someone you’ll do something for them and then regret telling them that, and then deal with it just by not answering their phone calls. THAT’S WHAT US NORMALS DO! Get Beyonce to call Robert De Niro back for you. “Jay-Z can’t do the song anymore, I’m sorry,” she could’ve said. “Oh, that’s ok, Beyonce. You’re the best,” is how Robert De Niro would’ve responded. Easy. But now look — now look at this perfect piece of gossip you’ve created. How rude.

Comments (25)
  1. He just made Meet the Fockers, maybe when he started talking to Jay-Z about a respectable film festival he got sad about DeNiro becoming senile and couldn’t face him.

  2. I call shenanigans. Who the fuck calls Robert De Niro ‘Bob’?

  3. “I’ve got 99 problems and they’re the 99 voice mails Bob De Niro left me.”

  4. De Niro is a guy you don’t hear from too often and then you see him interviewed every once in a while and you realize he’s a little bit of a dipshit.

  5. Jay-Z tried to joke his way out of it? What you think DeNiro’s funny? Like a clown? He thinks he’…oh wait, wrong guy.

  6. He’s just bitter because he tried to call Jay-Z collect, and didn’t expect him to be able to refuse the charges.

  7. “Call Me Jay-Z” -Carly Rae DeNiro

  8. I really wanted to read this whole thing, but I couldn’t get past the phrase “a tense beef” without laugh-crying until I barfed up my lunch.

  9. Come on, guys. The man has always been forthright with his need for human contact.

  10. Next time, how about an angry email? Don’t Cc any spies.

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