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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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91.

GG    

Really? You "Twittered" your apology? Wow, that's classy.

688 days ago
92.

NotreDameIN    

I was watching this when it happened and knew his wife had passed away. Just for the record, I was flipping channels and caught it as Short came on. I can't stand Kathie Lee and cannot fathom why she is still on the air.
Martin short is pure class. What an awful thing she did to him.
She acts all chummy like she is in the same circle as him yet doesn't know his wife died. Pathetic

688 days ago
93.

walt millos    

tHAT WAS THE MOST UNCOMFORTABLE 22 SECONDS THAT I HAVE EVER WATCHED ON TV!--SHE IS SUCH AN IDIOT!

688 days ago
94.

O_o    

oh that's just so sad.

688 days ago
95.

anony    

SHE DID THIS YEARS AGO TO JAMES TAYLOR. SHE ASKED HIM HOW HIS DEAD BROTHER WAS.

688 days ago
96.

sdm    

And this is why Dumb and Dumber needs not to be on TV..Morons...

688 days ago
97.

Babs228    

and this is why you DONT drink at 10am ladies!

688 days ago
98.

Deb    

He didn't even flinch. Incredible.

KL.. if it wasn't for those tits you'd be homeless

688 days ago
99.

Babs228    

and Ladies, this is why you DONT drink at 10am!

688 days ago
100.

Cricket    

No surprise. Kathie Lee has always been self-absorbed. Maybe if she would quit thinking about how next to get her obnoxious son on the air, she would have time to research. Best to Martin, a class act as always. It isn't his fault she is stupid.

688 days ago
101.

nacholibre     

Hey Kathy heres is a little FYI. How about next time instead of googleing the next best brkfast wine to have . Why dont you google the persons name you will interview that morning and go to wiki and read up on them a little .

688 days ago
102.

Rob    

That's the second time she's done that, She asked James Taylor how his brother Alex who died four years earlier was.

688 days ago
103.

Cheryl A.    

If you are a reporter DO YOUR RESEARCH!!
I always hated Kathi Lee and now I hate her even MORE. Martin Short handled that so professionally, he never raised an eyebrow.

688 days ago
104.

Scotty    

Kathie Lee and Hoda are two of the most self-centered, vacuous, drunks on daytime TV!

688 days ago
105.

campy    

Nipping on grandmas vodka bottle before the show no doubt.

688 days ago
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