Kathie Lee’s Awkward Gaffe About Martin Short’s Dead Wife

May 30, 2012 by  
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Kathie Lee Gifford walked into a cringe-worthy live TV gaffe on “Today” Wednesday morning, when she asked actor and comedian Martin Short about the state of his marriage. Gifford seemed oblivious to the fact that Short’s wife Nancy Dolman passed away nearly two years ago.

Intending to pay Short a compliment, Gifford said, “And he and Nancy have got one of the greatest marriages of anybody in show business. How many years now for you guys?” Short seemed taken aback but did his best to deal with the awkward question gracefully. He answered, “We, uh, married 36 years.”

Short’s late wife Nancy Dolman reportedly battled ovarian cancer in her final years, although a coroner confirmed she died of natural causes.

A blogger for Gossip Cop called the interview “really, really painful to watch.” Gifford realized her blunder during the commercial break and issued an on-air apology during the following segment.

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