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Kathie Lee to Martin Short

How's Your Wife ...

Who Died 2 Years Ago

5/30/2012 10:47 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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It might be the most cringeworthy few seconds in TV history -- Kathie Lee Gifford asked Martin Short how his wife is doing ... one small problem ... she died 2 years ago.

Martin appeared on "The Today Show" this morning to promote his new movie, "Madagascar 3" -- when Kathie asked, "And you and Nancy have one of the greatest marriages of anybody in show business. How many years now for you guys?"

Martin doesn't know how to respond, saying, "We ... have ... married ... 36 years."

Apparently Kathie didn't get the memo -- Martin's wife Nancy Dolman died in August 2010 from ovarian cancer.

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The clip gets even worse -- you have to watch.

Kathie later apologized on the air -- saying, "I feel so badly ... my apologies to him and his family."

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_][ Character_Assassin ][_    

Don't blame her. Didn't know either.

693 days ago
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Kriss    

She's done this before actually. Time to put the wine glass down Kathie...

693 days ago
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Anthony03    

He handled it like a pro and she's an idiot. This would make a great SNL skit if Kristen Wiig was still there!

693 days ago
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kronenburg    

Little too much morning wine there, Kathie Lee? Hasselback did the same thing on The View a couple of years ago when she asked Stanley Tucci how his wife was. She died of cancer the year before. Don't these people do ANY basic research on the celebs they're interviewing? Even I knew about Martin Short's wife.

693 days ago
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Thomas Jefferson    

First fire the db!

693 days ago
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jdub    

Lets do our research before we interview someone next time.

693 days ago
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Jenna    

Kathie Lee is a DUMBASS!

i KNEW that Martin has lost his wife, and I don't travel in the same social circle as they did -- Kathie Lee does!!! She has countless mutual friends with Martin Short and his late wife.

IDIOT!!!

693 days ago
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Sunset    

Stupid lush!

693 days ago
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EMP BITE ME    

I dont believe how she is even on TV,she is always drunk and laughing...wow gets paid to act like a moron.

693 days ago
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matt    

i wouldn't have blamed martin if he had just got up and walked off, but the man is nothing but class and handled it like a champ....these ''interviewers'' need to start doing their research and less drinking

693 days ago
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Stiletto    

Mega props to Mr. Short...he handled that like a true gentleman.

693 days ago
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GeniusMachine    

The marriage does get better once the wife is buried.

693 days ago
13.

Santo    

My God, how does this woman still have a job?

693 days ago
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VictoriaGirl    

After all these years of her interviewing people wouldnt you think she'd know enough to do a little bit of research oh whomever she's interviewing? This woman has always been a complete idiot and there is no excuse for stupidity.

693 days ago
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KnuckleDragger    

Kathy Lee...the Regis Philbin of the Today show.

693 days ago
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