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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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76.

sean    

I can't blame Kathy Lee she's obviously in the throws of some sort of chemical addiction...allegedly.

Every time I watch that show I think she's going to attack and kIll Koda on live TV.

793 days ago
77.

Betty    

Less wine more food...

793 days ago
78.

Alli    

Shame on you Kathie Lee, if you are going to interview someone, it might be a good idea to know that their spouse passed away. Martin was total class with his response.

793 days ago
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Pudding Tang    

such a high level of plastic in this woman, pathetic & tactless

793 days ago
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Marie    

I cannot believe this woman is still on television. Talk about being unprofessional. Shame on you Kathy Lee. Martin did handle it perfectly and professionally. Maybe he should give her some lessons on tactfullness. Do these people not research their guests.

793 days ago
81.

nof    

Changes I'd like made as-a-result:

The interviewee hands the interviewer a list:

"The five-top-questions I don't wanna be asked."

Of which the interviewer can only ask, say, two.

793 days ago
82.

Tvdj    

Wow, awkward ! Wonder what the discussion was when they cut. What a class act he is, he could have thrown her under a huge bus right then.

793 days ago
83.

Joey    

SHE SHOULD BE FIRED AND TEH A-HOLE THAT HIRED HER SHOULD GO TOO. SHE IS A DISGRACE TO THE NETWORK AND ALL TV PERSONALITIES GO AWAY BITCH

793 days ago
84.

Areader    

That's the producers fault not Kathy Lee's. Martin Short handled it with such grace, God Bless him!

793 days ago
85.

Toilethead    

What a dumbass.

793 days ago
86.

jg59    

Another reason to really hate her.

793 days ago
87.

Bubbles The Chimp    

He should have asked her how her husband's affairs are going.

793 days ago
88.

jdranetz    

Larry King has done far worse. When interviewing the sister of Sharon Tate, he mistakenly thought she was the sister of one of the Manson followers. His retirement came a little while after this.

793 days ago
89.

Freda_67    

That is horrible, he should have spoke up.

793 days ago
90.

Chatsum    

She is sooooo stupid for not doing her homework!

793 days ago
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