Boyfriend claims Liza Minnelli was ‘sabotaged’ at Oscars after being forced onto stage in wheelchair

Through Anita Tai

8 hours ago

Michael Feinstein makes something clear about his girlfriend Liza Minnelli’s performance at The Oscars.

In an interview on SirusXM’s “The Jess Cagle Show,” the singer revealed that Minnelli originally planned to appear in a director’s chair due to back problems.

“You know, that whole thing was, she was sabotaged. That’s the awful word to use, but she only agreed to appear at the Oscars if she was in the director’s chair because she has a back problem,” he explained. “She said, ‘I don’t want people to see me limping.’ She said, ‘You know, I want to look good. I don’t want people to worry about me.’”

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Plans changed at the last minute, which Feinstein attributed to the show being confused after Will Smith punched Chris Rock.

“And then literally, literally five minutes before she went on, when she was sitting there in the director’s chair, and because everybody, I think they were all shaken up by everything that had happened before, the stage manager said, ‘Well, she has to sit in a wheelchair’ and Liza begged,’ he continued.

The 76-year-old was then told it had to be the wheelchair or no pretense. She reluctantly agreed, but the sudden change hit her when she presented the Best Picture award.

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“She was nervous. I mean, and it made her look like she wasn’t there anymore. And she was just so shaken up it was,” he shared. “Can you imagine suddenly being forced to be seen by millions of people the way you don’t want to be seen? That’s what happened to her. And she was very disappointed that that happened and that it had not been agreed.”

Feinstein just wanted to assure fans that Minnelli was okay and in good health.

“So she’s, she’s doing really well and it’s a shame it turned out that way. She was very disappointed,” he added.

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