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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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Big Boy Pants    

This woman is such an idiot - always has been. A little research before interviewing someone might be helpful, Kathie...

784 days ago
137.

Frank    

American journalism at it's best.

784 days ago
138.

irishjess    

Aren't the hosts supposed to find out things about their guests before they come on the show???

784 days ago
139.

Stan    

That is why before you interview someone you read their bio. About 1 week before someone is a guest on a show their agent sends over a bio.

Every performer/actor does this once they are booked on a talk show. Kathy obviously doesn't bother to read up on a guest before the interview.

784 days ago
140.

A viewer    

She needs to close that big mouth of hers and listen sometimes. Martin Short has class, that's all there is to say about him, classy dude.

784 days ago
141.

shortty    

She's a Dumb A~!!!!!! Anybody and everybody knows that she passed away... Fire her stupid ASS!!!!! Martin Short is a good, good man.. She should be ashamed of herself.. There's nothing she can do at this point, but to put her head between her legs and kiss her ass goodbye!!!

784 days ago
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BoilingBleach    

If, as Kathie Lee says all the time that her family and Martin's family are such good friends, then there is now way she couldn't have known. To me I chalk this up to not just too much wine, but the fact that she may be the single most self-absorbed human being on TV. She has never cared about anyone other than herself. And this just proved it!

784 days ago
143.

Mega502    

I can't wait to hear what Howard Stern says next week when he's back from vacation.

784 days ago
144.

dd    

Ouch!!!

784 days ago
145.

LCS27    

This is the most awkward moment on the history of TV ever.

784 days ago
146.

Straight Talkin Texan    

First of all, Martin Short seems like a truly nice, classy guy. Secondly, I think Kathie Lee is a twit, but Hoda (the co-host) is an even bigger twit than Kathie Lee, and THAT's quite an accomplishment. Lastly, doesn't someone fact check and give the hosts notes before an interview???

784 days ago
147.

cookindiana    

why is she even on air ! what a disrespectful thing!!! off with her head!

784 days ago
148.

EarthMother    

There are people behind the scenes usually responsible for doing research and coming up with interview questions...unless it was an off the cuff comment, there should have been better prep...poor Martin!

784 days ago
149.

w smyth    

Stupid old cow!

784 days ago
150.

Natbaloo    

I think Kathy Lee needs to get over herself and do her homework. She won't even let Hoda get a word in! She also starting preaching God stuff this morning. Very unprofessional!

784 days ago
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