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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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Bird    

Oh man, Kathie Lee. You'd think if you were going to be interviewing someone, you'd at least do a little research beforehand. How terrible that must have been for Martin Short. "You and Nancy have one of the greatest marriages of anybody in show business. How many years now for you guys?". He must have wanted to cry. Being with someone for that long and then losing them would be so hard.

790 days ago
17.

Bu    

It's Kathy Lee's segment producer that has all the blame.

790 days ago
18.

DaveT    

Big Ooops moment, but Martin Short as usual is a reasonable good guy and just rolls with it.
Haven't seen Short in a while, he was hilarious as Jiminy Glick.

790 days ago
19.

Tbible    

KLG is a complete idiot!!!

790 days ago
20.

Amber    

Wow, it's her job to know these things before she has someone on!!!! She's look like a complete idiot!!!!

790 days ago
21.

CLINT    

Two of the most annoying and worst hosts on TV. Why people watch this show is beyond me.

790 days ago
22.

Stiletto    

But...if it had been me, I would have said ..."Thank you for asking, by the way...is your hubby still c0rnholing bimbo's behind you back 'cause you're a drunk, dead fish in the sack?"

790 days ago
23.

Justathought    

Wow! Why is this person still on the air? I give great respect to Mr. Short for holding up as well as he did. Does this show that she wasnt too interested in his interview that she failed to find out about this SMALL bit of info before the interview???

790 days ago
24.

steve    

You think she should cut back on the wine coolers ? ....
Or as Regis would say '' YOUR OUT OF CONTROL ! ''

790 days ago
25.

sierrarose    

Martin Short is a class act.

790 days ago
26.

SidesahowMag    

And he's too darn nice to correct her. Seriously, is there anyone who seems nicer in the biz than Martin Short?

790 days ago
27.

Kim    

Kathie's a ditz...I never have liked her! She should've done her research on him instead of assuming his life's the same as it was 5 years ago, 10 years ago, etc. Martin handled it like a pro but I'm sure it was a rough moment for him being asked about his wife as if she were still alive. :(

790 days ago
28.

Kelly    

I hope Kathy interviews Bobby Brown. I want to know if he and Whitney are going to reconcile.

790 days ago
29.

itsnoise    

Those two b!tche$ are drunk as hell in the morning.

790 days ago
30.

ShrinkWrap    

Did this interview happen before or after her morning box of wine?

790 days ago
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