Has Liza Minnelli’s Train-Wreck Appearance On HSN Gone Viral? At The Least, It Went International

You read it here first, folks. But the media is now having a field day writing about diva Liza Minnelli’s disastrous appearance on HSN earlier this week.

All the stories include all or or part of a 5-minute YouTube video (condensed from a two-hour appearance) of Liza selling her clothing and jewely line on the home shopping channel.

Liza was not very coherent, made statements that were non sequiturs, scolded the HSN host and was just not all there.

The New York Post’s story today is headlined “Shop Dead Diva: Liza’s Kooky HSN One-Nighter.”

The Post story says that the video of Liza’s appearance had gone viral on YouTube. Well, when we saw it yesterday it had about 450 views. This morning it was at 26,500.

The only thing inaccurate about the Post story is that it described HSN host Bobbi Ray Carter as “busty.” Carter is a stick, about 80 pounds wet, and she’s not well-endowed.

At one point during Liza’s appearance poor Carter, trying to keep the show rolling and the diva engaged, said, “You have a beautiful wrist Liza.” That was just one of a flurry of overly flattering comments Carter made to Liza throughout the night.

When Carter suggested viewers might want to pile on some of Liza’s bracelets, Liza corrected her and said, “One will do.” That meant a couple of less bracelet sales for HSN right there.

The Huffington Post even wrote about Liza’s HSN debut, as did Entertainment Weekly online.

Huffington Post mocked Liza’s line about a sequined dress in her HSN: “You don’t have to sell it, it sells you.”

Entertainment Weekly said that Liza deserves her own reality show, based on her performance on HSN. Its item made fun of Liza’s comment to one of her adoring fans who called in. The woman said she considered Liza her mentor, and the star replied. “You’re my mentor, too.” Huh?

UPDATE: Our talented friend and fellow blogger Lisa Swan, whose “Subway Squawkers” Yankee-Mets baseball blog who also blogs for The Huffington Post, e-mailed us to say that even the British papers, namely The Daily Mail had picked up the Liza-HSN story.

Well, HSN certainly got a lot of press out of Liza’s appearance, that’s for sure. We don’t know if the folks down in St. Petersburg are happy about it or not.

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6 Responses to “Has Liza Minnelli’s Train-Wreck Appearance On HSN Gone Viral? At The Least, It Went International”

  1. stefF Says:

    maybe its a takeoff on the marketing of art……its not whether you like it or not, its that it got you to react 🙂

  2. Joanie-B Says:

    Liza may have totally trashed what was left of her career. I am assuming that HSN had no choice other than to let her go on like that, since if they tried to lock her in a room instead, she would have sued them.

    My hat is off to Bobbie Ray for her ability to get thru that show. As a very experienced show host, she has likely seen it all, and rose to the occasion like the trouper she is.

    Lots of press for HSN, yes, and it will get them more viewers and buyers. Even bad press, and free at that, is better than no press at all. This makes me think of Garry Marshall’s comments on same in the cult-classic movie “Soapdish”.

  3. Jennifer Says:

    Girl, Bobbi-Ray looks like she’s made a visit to the plastic surgeon. I noticed in the preview that her girls were looking rather prominent.

  4. Liza Is Back, And TCM Has Got Her, Hopefully Not Live « Homeshoppingista's Blog By Linda Moss Says:

    […] Minnelli’s show on HSN to talk about a line of clothing and jewelry based on her own belongings made not only The Homeshoppingista’s blog but international headlines. […]

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