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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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226.

chase cam    

Fire her ass...

771 days ago
227.

Jean oreilly    

A few words come to mind....travesty, phony, disingenuous. Be prepared for your interviews. The today show is a professional show so act like it. Isn't there enough reality shows out there.
Winging it will eventually get you in trouble, as we saw today.
Also think the wine thing has run its course. Not so funny anymore

771 days ago
228.

Sloane    

love Marty
feel terrible to think that her lack of knowledge and lack of sensitivity may have caused him even a second of needless anguish
losing his wife at such a young age to ovarian cancer was painful enough
he doesn't need anyone like her making it more difficult
he exhibited more grace and class, as well as generosity to her in those few seconds than most do in a lifetime
MARTY IS A CLASS ACT
wishing him nothing but personal happiness, continured professional success. and peace of mind

771 days ago
229.

timid    

She also insulted his children, "Well, at least you have ONE smart one." He gracefully responded that all his children were brilliant (or something nice like that). Someone please tell her to stop touching the guests.

771 days ago
230.

Granny    

Kathie Lee, you are an idiot. Ask those kind of questions and don't do you research first-ass. Martin, you handled yourself like a pro. I am a two time Ovarian Cancer Survivor, I am only 44. I am sorry this horrible disease took your wife of 36 years.

771 days ago
231.

Ertdfg    

Yeah, he had more grace that I would have.

The phrase "STILL DEAD thanks for asking" would have been the first words out of my mouth.

771 days ago
232.

Maggie    

Have another Kathie....If she is that poor on her research...can I have her job and her pay?

771 days ago
233.

Kowny Krush    

WHY is this souse still on TV?

771 days ago
234.

chill out    

You guys are so dramatic. It's not like she's some serious in-depth reporter. She does lighthearted interviews. While trying to compliment him, she made a very embarrassing mistake. No one's perfect. At least what she said about his marriage was sweet.

771 days ago
235.

Karlotta    

He handled it so very well. He could have spoke up and said something on-air, but he waited till the interview was finished. Real class, that guy. Hopefully Kathie Lee learned a lesson from this and will be more dutiful in reading the background on her guests before she interviews them.

771 days ago
236.

Danny G    

Imagine how bad it would be if Kris Humphries were to have guest hosted? That would be terrible.

771 days ago
237.

Big D    

That's cold, no excuse. She sucks!

771 days ago
238.

ashley o    

I think her people should have been able to do some research on this before blurting this out...thats so rude and disrespectful....if i were him i would never go on her show again....dumb bitch!

771 days ago
239.

Ray    

Two words Kathy, "Wiki" and "Pedia".

771 days ago
240.

snownda7    

That was the single most ridiculous thing I have ever watched. She IS paid to be informed on who her guests are. This is a MAJOR slip and one that she is just fortunate was handled by a class act like Martin Short.

She is and always has been one of the most unprofessional people in the talk show industry.

A mistake yes, but the bigger one is that she still has a job.

771 days ago
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