Broadway actress Patti LuPone made headlines this week when she snatched a texting audience member’s phone and then exited the stage.

LuPone was performing in “Shows for Days” Wednesday when she noticed that a woman was texting throughout the show.

She stayed in character as she shook the audience member’s hand, took her phone, and walked offstage. The audience member got her phone back after the show.


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“I don’t know why they buy the ticket or come to the theater if they can’t let go of the phone,” LuPone told The New York Times. “It’s controlling them. They can’t turn it off and can’t stop looking at it. They are truly inconsiderate, self-absorbed people who have no public manners whatsoever. I don’t know what to do anymore. I was hired as an actor, not a policeman of the audience.

LuPone said that some audience members applauded when she snatched the phone.

“It takes one screen to disrupt an entire theater,” she said.

The hosts of “Outnumbered” weighed in on LuPone’s actions and cellphone behavior. Watch the video above to hear what they had to say.


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