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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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61.

matt    

She apologized to an account that is most likely NOT Martin's twitter account, so he won't get it, unless he reads TMZ. Maybe she should put down the wine and give him a call. Just sayin...

822 days ago
62.

Shar J    

A Twitter apology? How classless. Kathie Lee will no doubt blame it on one of the peons and keep her job - just shows she's not as well connected as she'd like others to think! Don't think you can lay all the blame on the writers since Kathie Lee obviously was asking unscripted questions trying to look like she's close friends with the Short's. Martin handled it most graciously and unlike KLG, even I recall when Nancy passed away and I'm not a celebrity.

822 days ago
63.

Justin    

Fire her she's incompetent .You're suppose to do your research before you interview someone

822 days ago
64.

jmak2011    

Kath Lee is an IDIOT and NBC needs to get rid of her and HODA. Kathie Lee has become aa ******* and needs to put the Bottle DOWN. How Embarrassing.

822 days ago
65.

nof    

How Ted Williams Family handles this:


Clueless Interviewer:


"So how's Ted?"

Ted's family:


"Freezing."

822 days ago
66.

mamajj    

OMG Well first off, Martin Short was a class act in that moment. He could have embarrassed her so badly & he didn't. So applause to him. Kathy is a complete idiot. Instead of opening another bottle why not Google your guest next time.

822 days ago
67.

Wash. Hts. Girl    

Poor Kathie Lee, she hasn't been right since her husband cheated on her big-time. I like her, but she can't be too bright, she took that SOB back...I think that is when the drinking started.

822 days ago
68.

Marie    

Pure class. Martin could have embarrassed the hell out of her and didn't. He's wonderful.

822 days ago
69.

charlei harper    

what an absolute dolt...

822 days ago
70.

DetroitRocks    

Someone needs to be suspended for that and NBC should make a donation to a charity of Martins choice

822 days ago
71.

nof    

This is like asking Robert Wagner how Natalie Wood's doing.

822 days ago
72.

amazinglybored    

Soo awkward. Insanely unprofessional and incompetent too.

822 days ago
73.

DetroitRocks    

Her apology wasnt even to the right Martin Short twitter account

822 days ago
74.

sumo    

Kathli Lee is such a stupid bitch. Maybe they should stop drinking on that show so early in the day.

822 days ago
75.

nof    

This is like asking Mick Jagger if David Bowie ever kame in him.

822 days ago
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