Liza Opens Up About Ellen’s Oscars Joke
Ellen DeGeneres, who hosted the 86th Academy Awards Sunday, has been hit with some flack after making a crack at Liza Minnelli during her opening monologue. The Twitterverse exploded as some perceived the joke to be transphobic and generally mean spirited - especially after the camera cut to Minnelli, who didn’t look too pleased with DeGeneres’ remark: you’ve probably seen this animated gif of her reaction.
TMZ spoke with Minnelli Monday night to find out whether or not she was offended by the joke.
"What did you think about Ellen’s jokes last night?" a cameraman asked Minnelli, who was heading to a restaurant.
"I think she thought it would be funny," Minnelli said before a long pause. "But she never stopped after she said it and said, ’..my friend Liza Minnelli.’ So I think it went a little astray on her. I don’t think she meant any harm at all and she’s a wonderful lady and I think she did great."
DeGeneres came under fire on social media this week after joking that Minnelli looked like a drag queen.