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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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106.

Stacy    

Everyone makes mistakes....however, Kathie Lee is a reporter that should have done her HOMEWORK!!! What an idiot!!

883 days ago
107.

CRAZYGIRL    

Kathy Lee should be taken off NBC, ASAP! What a disgrace!!!! Martin is such a class act....

883 days ago
108.

Minnetonka40    

What a sweetheart Martin Short was to try and make HER feel better. It was just a mistake and God knows she is kicking herself. I always knew he was a classy guy.

883 days ago
109.

Northerner    

OMFG, time for this dumb bitch to stop all the drinking on the show and start doing some fact checking on the guests she has. she should feel lower than monkey sh|t. what a buffoon!

883 days ago
110.

Gretel    

Wow .. either someone needs fired for not getting the hosts up to speed on their guests or someone needs to smack Kathy Lee upside the head for not screening the bios. No matter what, Kathie Lee needs smacked upside the head whether it's her fault or not.

Ovarian cancer is horrible.

883 days ago
111.

Betty    

Whether you like Kathie Lee or not, she would NEVER intentionally say something hurtful like that. Haven't we ALL made blunders such as that in our lifetime???? I am sure Martin Short will forgive her for that mistake a lot sooner than most of the people on this web site. It was an honest error. I am sure she was mortified. He handled it as well as can be expected. Why don't we all do the same???

883 days ago
112.

Betty    

Listen, whether you like Kathie Lee or not, she would NEVER say something hurtful like that on purpose. Haven't we ALL made blunders such as this???!!! I think so. I'm sure she was mortified. And I'm sure Martin Short will forgive her errror much qucker than most of the people posting on this site. Why don't we all stop being so mean-spirited??

883 days ago
113.

brent    

she should be fired. when your job is to interview people live on TV then you are expected to do your research before you ask stupid questions or say hurtful things!

883 days ago
114.

Sassy    

Not her fault. Up to Producers to make sure all guests are researched so they can give questions and topics to the hosts (like asking about their latest projects or maybe a congratulations is due for some other accomplishment). Bet she felt awful after the show was over even though it was an innocent mistake.

883 days ago
115.

ohreally    

I remember seeing him on Law and Order.. man he got the Pyschopath character ON POint.

883 days ago
116.

Lulubelle    

Kathie Lee has always been a stupid mannequin but it cracked me up when "Mr. Ed" Hoda jumped right in to try to save her azz. Just finish your bottles of wine and go away.

883 days ago
117.

erkg    

Two words - COMMERCIAL BREAK!

883 days ago
118.

R    

Either she could care less to read about and/or be briefed about guests or the big budgeted major network could give a crap to make sure she was.

883 days ago
119.

Andi    

He's a class act!

883 days ago
120.

BellaBoo    

Wow. What grace he showed both with dealing with the question and with pulling her aside afterwards..

883 days ago
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