While that debacle quite literally took the over the main stage and it was all ANYONE could talk about, there was another moment that got a little chatter as well.
The moment in question is when Lady Gaga and Liza Minnelli took the stage following Smith’s smackdown to present the award for “Best Picture.”
Liza, who’s health is rumored to be declining, was pushed out on stage in a wheelchair by Gaga.
Many found this to be a sweet and tender moment between Gaga and Liza.
“I thought it was very cool how Lady Gaga helped Liza Minnelli with the awards process at the Oscars. She is so good at helping our declining elders,” one person tweeted.
See Lady Gaga & Liza Minnelli’s Tender Moment
Another tweeted, “RESPECT!! Lady Gaga Won Praise For Helping Liza Minnelli During A Rare Public Appearance At The Oscars Without Being ‘Patronizing Or Awkward.’”
At one point, Gaga even bent down to tell Liza, “I got you.”
Lady Gaga whispers to Liza Minnelli, “I got you.” ❤️#Oscarshttps://t.co/EViXaQY1NZ pic.twitter.com/1h9lfkpWPD
— FamilySmash (@ForsterWallis) April 18, 2022
This moment definitely didn’t get the attention it deserved, but now a longtime friend of Liza’s is bringing it back into mainstream media and he’s not happy about it.
The Broadway icon’s friend, Michael Feinstein, recently sat down with SiriusXM’s “Jess Cagle Show,” and claims the daughter of Judy Garland was “SABOTAGED.”
“She was sabotaged. Now, that’s a terrible word to use, but she only agreed to appear on the Oscars if she could be in the director’s chair,” Feinstein explained.
Liza Was “SABOTAGED” At Oscars
Liza’s friend continued to say that she was in the director’s chair before taking the stage, but give minutes before she was set to go on a stage manager “forced” her into a wheelchair.
“She’s been having back trouble and she said, ‘I don’t want people to see me limping out there. I want to look good. I don’t want people to worry about me,’” he further explained.
He attributes the forceful behavior to stage hands being “shaken up” by the Smith/Rock showdown.
“The stage manager said, ‘Well, she has to be in a wheel chair,’” Feinstein claims.
She Was Forced To Be In A Wheelchair
He alleged that his friend pleaded with producers before taking the stage with Gaga to present the “Best Picture Award.”
“She was nervous. I mean, and it made her look like she was out of it. And she was just so shaken up that it was. Can you imagine being suddenly forced to be seen by millions of people the way you don’t wanna be seen? That’s what. Happened to her,” Liza’s friend said.
Despite the shake up, Feinstein said Liza is “really doing well.”
To add more truth to this statement, the “Cabaret” star’s former publicist, Scott Gorenstein, told The Post, “Liza is living her best life, not having to be in front of the cameras.”
“She’s been under tremendous pressure her entire life to perform for audiences,” he continued. “The past couple of years have allowed her to relax and enjoy another phase of her life.”