Liza Minnelli slightly slighted by Ellen DeGeneres' Oscars drag gag

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US singer and dancer Liza Minnelli wasn't as thrilled by Oscars host Ellen DeGeneres' drag joke as the comedienne thought she was.

DeGeneres' "Well done, sir" gag at Sunday's awards ceremony has became one of the Academy Awards' top talking points.

DeGeneres insisted after the awards that she hadn't upset her friend.

"She's a totally cool lady. I went up to her later and she was funny and fine, but I think people thought I was offending her in some way," DeGeneres said on Monday.

However, Minnelli admits she can understand why some people thought she was upset.

Speaking to TMZ.com on Monday night Minnelli said, "I think she thought it would be funny but she never stopped after she said it and said, 'My friend, Liza Minnelli,' so I think it went a little stray on her.


"I don't think she meant any harm at all and she's a wonderful lady."

Minnelli, who was once married to Australian entertainer Peter Allen, attended to the Academy Awards to honour her late mum's role in The Wizard of Oz, which is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year.

Minnelli may also have felt a little wounded about missing out on one of the biggest photo opportunities this year when she was muscled out of DeGeneres' Oscars selfie by the hulking Channing Tatum.

The picture featured Hollywood's elite, who shared 10 Oscars and gross takings of $13.70 billion between them.

It generated so much interest online that it crashed Twitter with more than 3 million retweets and 1.75 million favourites.

WENN, with Aja Styles

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