You may remember that Martin Short lost his wife, Nancy to ovarian cancer in 2010.  Apparently, Kathie Lee Gifford DIDN’T.  I’m not sure if it’s all that wine she and Hoda Kotb drink during their hour of Today.  But, this KEY detail must have slipped her mind.  Martin was on their show yesterday morning promoting “Madagascar 3.”  Things were going so well, until Kathie started asking about his wife and their marriage.  But, she wasn’t speaking in past tense!

Even Regis Philbin, the King of flubs and gaffs would be SO ashamed.  Kathie…do your research before you interview a guest!  Nancy’s passing was NOT a secret.  I gotta hand it to Martin.  He handled it like a champ.  He didn’t correct her or even lose his game face.  Even still, this is one of the most awkward moments I can remember on live TV:

Kathie Lee has since apologized.  I’m sure it was after a major lashing from producers!  She Tweeted, “I send my sincerest apologies to @MartinShort and his family. He handled situation w/enormous grace and kindness and I’m so grateful.”  Short declined comment.


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