Liza Minnelli Tells TMZ the Ellen DeGeneres Drag Queen Joke Stung

Liza Minnelli Tells TMZ the Ellen DeGeneres Drag Queen Joke Stung


Oscars 2014: Liza Minnelli

See how big-hearted and generous Liza Minnelli is with her time in this clip posted by TMZ.

The guerrilla gossip site caught Liza out and about with cabaret pal Michael Feinstein and just about to step into Craig’s restaurant in West Hollywood.

The TMZ reporter asked Liza what she thought of Ellen DeGeneres’ joke about her being a drag queen impersonator. A cloud passed on Liza’s face and she stammered slightly and replied, “I think she thought it would be funny, but she never stopped after she said it and said ‘my friend Liza Minnelli.’”

Liza obviously thought the joke went on too long, and she was hurt. But she graciously said of Ellen’s hosting stint, “I think she did great.”

As for the selfie and being left out of the image – she was in the back and you can’t see her over the tall men – “It was funny,” Liza said. “All the men just pushed me out of the way,” she laughed.

The 67-year-old performing legend had a hard time getting up the step into the restaurant, and Feinstein and someone else had to help her over the stoop. She’s had two hip replacements and has been plagued with a variety of ailments.

The much-loved performer is always so gracious and kind that she’s a favorite of everyone with whom she comes in contact despite the snarky blogs. At the 40th anniversary screening reunion of “Cabaret” last year at the Ziegfeld Theater, she took time to talk to everyone on the red carpet.

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