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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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31.

Mr. Clean    

Props to Mr. Short. Stay classy!

840 days ago
32.

Spankysash    

Hoda did a nice recovery!!

840 days ago
33.

taz    

I don't remember hearing about his wife passing. Kathie Lee didn't say that to hurt him, and if she isn't close with that family how would she know? Cut her some slack, we all say things we wish we could take back.

840 days ago
34.

Mazor    

Way to go you alcoholic idiot.

840 days ago
35.

mebrat24    

thanks Harvey, we get to watch a 30 second ad to watch a 22 second clip. you know how to make a buck

840 days ago
36.

Beaners    

What about the CRACK Research Staff over at NBC? Guess they didn't do their research very well now did they?

840 days ago
37.

Jas    

he should've asked her how her husband is! you know the one that had an affair with a flight attendant and it was caught on videotape...can't stand Kathie lee

840 days ago
38.

rosebud    

What an idiot, shouldn't she do her homework on who her guest will be? At least have some back round information?

840 days ago
39.

sandiegogal    

Oh Kathie Lee what an idiot!

840 days ago
40.

soobeedoo    

Classy man.....

840 days ago
41.

StoopidHead    

He should have just stabbed her in the face with a soldering iron and called it a day.

840 days ago
42.

Robin    

Wow.... that's so terrible. Most reporters or hosts do homework before interviewing... wow.

840 days ago
43.

nof    

Kathie Lee:


"So how's your marriage going?"


Martin:


"Better than most marriages, actually..."

840 days ago
44.

matt    

Have another glass of Pinot Grigio...

840 days ago
45.

Jenn    

Just in case anybody didn't already know that she was an insincere pile of Botox, that video clip sure proved it! I like how she's trying to make a big show of the fact that she knew them socially, but couldn't be bothered to remember that the woman is dead! Idiot.

840 days ago
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