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Liza Minnelli

Ellen Called Me a Drag Queen ...

And it Wasn't Funny

3/4/2014 6:24 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Liza Minnelli didn't like the joke Ellen DeGeneres cracked about her at the Oscars ... suggesting she was actually a drag queen.

Liza and a male companion hit up Craig's restaurant in West Hollywood Monday night ... and Liza made it clear -- Ellen's joke backfired big time. 

Liza's note to Ellen:  She should have stopped and acknowledged they were friends, but instead Ellen blew through to the next joke, so it sounded mean.

But Liza says she's sure Ellen was filled with the best of intentions.
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46.

kathi303    

Maybe I'm wrong here, but is she on something in this video. She can't stand without holding on to the guy and even then she's swaying. She can't get up the curb without two people helping her. I know she's had joints replaced but still, she seems off to me

177 days ago
47.

Jbaby    

It was actually hilarious Liza. Lighten up.

177 days ago
48.

Jim    

Since most drag queens have imitated Liza, she should be flattered, not angry.

177 days ago
49.

abby    

What did she do with her face? Totally unrecognizable.

177 days ago
50.

deediana    

She didn't seem as mad as the article made it seem

177 days ago
51.

static    

The whole show was awful.

177 days ago
52.

Tax    

She did look like a drag queen!

177 days ago
53.

LAURIE     

You're wrong Liza it was funny! You old drunken f..hag.

177 days ago
54.

Todd    

Isn't the "male companion" she's with Michael Feinstein?

177 days ago
55.

CremeBrulee    

The show was a drag.

177 days ago
56.

anya2u    

It was a joke- it was funny. It's just too bad that the truth often hurts. Get over it, Liza, and be happy she even acknowledged your presence.

177 days ago
57.

Lil    

I thought it was true that it was a drag queen because you never see her out and she looked so young and gorgeous!
Ellen should have acknowledged her in some way other than making a crude joke about her.

177 days ago
58.

TexasDey    

The joke, aside from just not being funny, was also in poor taste. I never thought Ellen was particularly funny, although a lot of people think she is or say they do. Liza handled it with good humor.

177 days ago
59.

Just Jay    

It was meant to be as a joke and sort of a compliment. The amount of men that entertain as her, Cher, Joan Rivers, Streisand, etc.

177 days ago
60.

Lee Thomas    

well no where in this video did I see Liza Minnelli say "Ellen Called me a drag queen and it wasn't funny?" why make stuff up!! no wonder you get slagged off so much!!!

177 days ago
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