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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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166.

JJ    

Before you interview somebody you should ask producers or RESEARCH :P

688 days ago
167.

fastdriver    

I can't even believe she is still on TV! What an ass! Nothing like doing some background work BEFORE your guests appear! Get rid of her! Martin Short was TOO NICE! I would have called her an ass because she thinks who she is and walked off the show to make her look like an even bigger ass!

688 days ago
168.

superbadnerves1    

Martin Short is funny

688 days ago
169.

Laura    

Why is this woman still on TV????

688 days ago
170.

Sally    

Kathie Lee is such a ditz - don't know how she has been on TV this long as she is very boring. I think all of the blond jokes must have been written about her! It is not the wine - it is her brain!

688 days ago
171.

Silverado Mom    

Someone wasn't doing their research! Very unprofessional! Unbelieveable. But (sigh) at least there was an immediate apology. Idiots! Martin handled it well.

688 days ago
172.

leslippe    

Mr. Short - you are long on style!

688 days ago
173.

Kanona    

She's such an a$$hole. Ugh.

688 days ago
174.

Gatanegra    

What an idiot!

688 days ago
175.

Candy    

NBC starts off with Ann Curry on the Today show, then Natalie and Al at 9 am, then Kathie Lee at 10. Poor Hoda. Then at 3 pm Jane Hansen and that crew on NY Live, they can't read one sentence without messing it up, they pronounce every name wrong, they never have a clue, they need to clean NBC's house from top to bottom.

688 days ago
176.

Cindy    

How about we all take a cue from Martin? All class and compassion. I'd bet he let it go as soon as he left the Today set.

688 days ago
177.

ttuerff    

Hey, I distinctly remember Larry King once asking Ringo Starr (Harrison was still living): "So, what are the other three guys doing these days?" Ringo just looked at him like he had a turd on his nose and yammered..."Well...John's DEAD, of course..."

688 days ago
178.

elysummers    

It would have only taken a second for her to google Short before the interview began. duh.

688 days ago
179.

MP    

Boy, talk about not doing your research. That is her job that she gets paid millions of dollars for. What an embarrassment. And how awkward and painful for Mr. Short.

688 days ago
180.

Gigohead     

He did a nice job thou. Shows he is classy man.

688 days ago
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