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Kathie Lee Gifford Apologizes to Martin Short for Awkward Questions About Deceased Wife

May 31, 2012 01:28:45 GMT

While Kathie offers 'sincerest apologies' to Martin and his family on Twitter, the Canadian actor doesn't 'make a huge deal about it' and appreciate if everyone else does the same.


Kathie Lee Gifford Apologizes to Martin Short for Awkward Questions About Deceased Wife
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Kathie Lee Gifford made a big blunder when interviewing Martin Short on "Today" Show Wednesday, May 30. The host mistakenly asked him about his wife Nancy Dolman who died two years ago, but has since realized her mistake and apologized for it.

"I send my sincerest apologies to @MartinShort and his family," Kathie tweeted. She additionally thanked the actor for keeping it cool when answering her cringe-worthy questions. "He handled situation w/enormous grace and kindness and I'm so grateful," so she stated.

Martin appeared on the NBC morning show to promote his new movie "Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted". Things got awkward when she said, "He and Nancy have one of the greatest marriages of anybody in show business. How many years now for you guys?"

"We ..umm.. married 36 years," he answered. Having no clue about the error, she kept pestering him by saying, "But you're still, like, in love?" to which he replied with a smile, "Madly, madly in love." When asked why, he simply said, "Cute, I'm cute." Co-host Hoda Kotb then interjected, "That is true."

In addition to apologizing on Twitter, Kathie offered her apology in front of audience after commercial break. Apparently informed about her mistake backstage, she "felt bad" and said, "My apologies to him and his family for not realizing that."

While Kathie was sorry for asking the insensitive question, Martin chose not to make a fuss out of it. "Marty never even addressed it with us, he just moved right along. We appreciate if everyone else might do the same so as not to make a huge deal about it either," his rep told The Daily News.

Fans weighed in on the awkward moment by sharing their thoughts on Twitter as well. "Kathy (sic) Lee Gifford just had an #epicfail (sic)," one wrote, while another posted, "Just saw Kathy Lee Gifford ask Marty Short abt (about) his wife/marriage. She died abt 2 yrs ago. Gulp! He was very gracious."



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posted by lovesisjusstawrd.123 on Jun 25, 2012
WOW!!!SMH... ISS ALL I CAN SAY...
posted by gman on May 31, 2012
All is forgiven Kathy, its an understandable mistake because Martin Short and his kids kept this from the media and very private, so we can only imagine how sad it was to learn this sad news. Hang in there Kathy and Koda.
posted by Bestmom2 on May 31, 2012
KLG Try getting up earlier to do your homework or let someone like HODA who's twice as classy as you, interview the really important people.
posted by Marcusbrooks on May 31, 2012
This is giffords assistants fault KLG is as dumb as a box of rocks You can't blame her for not knowing. Her assistant should have had his bio laid out. Really don't know why she is even on tv, she is terrible. Maybe she owns part of the station.
posted by Zhanger on May 31, 2012
Hey Kathie, how does it feel to have a monogamous marriage for... how many years is it now?
posted by Jim Wooden on May 31, 2012
Apologize on Twitter? KLG- keeping it classy!!
posted by Kelsey on May 31, 2012
When she "apologized" to Mr. Short on her twitter, she didn't even take time to notice that the account she linked to (@MartinShort) wasn't even his twitter account. Oops again! Shows how much she cares. Why does she still have a job anywhere?
posted by smit on May 31, 2012
I am so sick over the mistake KLG made with Martin Short....Everyone makes mistakes but this is really a big blunder...I hope this causes her to "take pause" and do her job...Mr. Short was such a gentleman....God Bless him and his family!
posted by D-Bo Fresno on May 30, 2012
Even as his wife rests, u can see the kind of love they had. Wish I had me a martin short!
posted by angered on May 30, 2012
She should be fired. I dont care how gracious he was, to make as much money as she does, she should be PREPARED and not insensitive to her guests. Ridiculous!
posted by pam dewitt on May 30, 2012
Everyone makes mistakes that bad thing about Hollywood everything gets blown out of proportion
posted by Zacker54 on May 30, 2012
Mr.short handled k.l.g.s ignorant and unprepared questions with such grace. K.l.g. Had no time for research? she is nothing more than a parody of herself.wonder if her assistant twittered the appology.its too bad kristin wiig left snl.
posted by Shiobhan on May 30, 2012
Martin Short always the professional. A real class act. Love him.
posted by lonewolf on May 30, 2012
Kathy Lee should wear slacks to cover up those boney legs and wear some over her head to cover her bonehead!

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