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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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196.

Phil E. Drifter    

What a stupid ****ing broad.

773 days ago
197.

saynotolies    

What a dip****!!! Dumb woman...

773 days ago
198.

kitnplayn    

Well, it's not like anybody should have expected better from her. Americans, in general, do sloppy work and lazy research.

773 days ago
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Rich     

She is a loser. I have no idea why she still is on TV.

773 days ago
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PitBullLover    

for a so called 'celebrity' in so called 'show business' THIS is an insanely UNforgivable stupid thing to have happened.......what an IDIOT she is. God Bless Marty for being so polite, brave and KIND to this fool...... GO AWAY KLG.....time's up.

773 days ago
201.

jude    

That was one of the MOST INSINCERE things I have ever seen. She is AN IDIOT!!!!!!! So out of touch. Shouldn't she have done a bit of research herself? What a waste of skin she is.

773 days ago
202.

Harrison    

Maybe Hoda should ask the questions from now on

773 days ago
203.

Rich     

And NBC who pays WAY TOO UCH to Matt for his job wonders why the are dropping viewers. Their "people" are weak and add very little to the news. Where in the World is NBC???

773 days ago
204.

MrsStigg    

She is an idiot.....shame on her.
After the two of the joked about how different kinds of people would commit suicide, I refuse to ever watch them again!

773 days ago
205.

Zutopia    

Not only was it ignorant of her to not realize that his wife had died, her apology sounded about as fake as they come. Very classy stupid.

773 days ago
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BIGPAPI175914    

ONE STUPID ****ING BITCH. NO WONDER HER HUSBAND ****S AROUND ON HER

773 days ago
207.

Pamela Parrish    

Time to fire the bitch.. Anyone that defends her is an ass... She is also a braggert over her kid and thinks she is so funny... whenever she is on a turn the channel..

773 days ago
208.

Dom The Mover    

Stern is gonna have a field day with this!

773 days ago
209.

Caroline    

I know television is referred to as the 'boob tube' and now I guess I know why. I can't imagine a more colossal boob than Kathie Lee Gifford. She's lucky Martin Short is such a class act.

773 days ago
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lvlad    

She is an idiot and should be fired.

773 days ago
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