Liza Minnelli didn't think Ellen's Oscars joke was funny
March 4th, 2014
04:30 PM ET

Liza Minnelli didn't think Ellen's Oscars joke was funny

When Ellen DeGeneres told Liza Minnelli that she looked like a female impersonator at the Oscars, at least one person wasn't laughing: Minnelli herself.

The singer/actress, who was at the ceremony to help celebrate her mother Judy Garland's classic "The Wizard Of Oz," admitted to TMZ that she thought DeGeneres' quip was poorly executed.

"I think she thought it would be funny," Minnelli said. "But she never stopped after she said it and said, 'my friend Liza Minnelli,'" or otherwise acknowledged that the two are pals. "I think it went a little astray on her."

Given their friendship, DeGeneres may have felt comfortable ribbing the 67-year-old actress during her Oscars opening monologue, telling the audience that she'd spotted "one of the most amazing Liza Minnelli impersonators I have ever seen in my entire life ... Good job, sir."

At the time, Minnelli shrugged it off with a smirk and a shrug, and on Monday she was no worse for the wear.

"I don't think she meant any harm at all," Minnelli said of DeGeneres. "I think she's a wonderful lady, and I think she did great."

Yet what did amuse Minnelli was the fact that she was pushed out of DeGeneres' record-breaking group selfie, thanks to other celebrities being so ready to join in.

"It was funny," the "Cabaret" star said. "All of the men just pushed (me) out of the way, it made me laugh so hard."

Filed under: Awards Season • Oscars 2014

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