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Liza Minnelli was ‘sabotaged’ at the Oscars, says her friend

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Liza Minnelli was “sabotaged” at the Oscars, says her friend Michael Feinstein.

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The 65-year-old singer claims the cabaret icon appeared on stage at the 94th Academy Awards to present the Best Picture with Lady Gaga award to ‘CODA – in a wheelchair instead of the director’s chair that she was given had been promised because of her “back pain”. .”

Liza’s longtime collaborator Feinstein claims the Academy let her friend down by not delivering on their promise to allow her to appear on stage in a director’s chair as agreed before the event.

Appearing on SiriusXM’s The Jess Cagle Show, he said: “You know, it was all, she was sabotaged. That’s the terrible word to use, but she only agreed to appear at the Oscars. if she was in the director’s chair, because she had back problems.

“She said, ‘I don’t want people to see me limping over there. She said, ‘You know, I want to look good. I don’t want people to worry about me.

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Feinstein claimed the 76-year-old performer – who is the daughter of late Hollywood legend Judy Garland and her second husband Vincente Minnelli – was forced into a wheelchair because the event’s production crew was “shaken” after Will Smith slapped Chris. Rock.

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He said: “And then literally, literally five minutes before she went on, when she sat down in the director’s chair there, and because all of them, I guess they were all shook up because of everything that had happened earlier, the stage manager said, “Well, she must be in a wheelchair” and Liza pleaded.

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Feinstein revealed that the ordeal “made him feel like he was beside himself” which he was not, and the experience left Liza upset.

He said, “She was nervous. I mean, and it made him look like he was beside himself. And she was so shaken up it was. Can you imagine suddenly being forced to be seen by millions of people like you wouldn’t want to be seen? That’s what happened to him. And she was very disappointed with that, that it happened and that it was not what was agreed.

Feinstein assured everyone that Liza is “fine” and called it “a pity” how it turned out.

He said: “So she’s doing really well and it’s a shame that it turned out like this. She was very disappointed.”