Kathie Lee Gifford's Big On-Air Gaffe
By RAPHAEL CHESTANG
May 30, 2012
In an interview on the Today show Wednesday morning, Kathie Lee Gifford asked Martin Short about his current relationship with his wife, apparently unaware that he's been a widower since 2010.
"He and Nancy have got one of the greatest marriages of anybody in show business," said Kathie Lee. "How many years now for you guys?"
"Thirty-six years," Martin replied kindly.
During a commercial break, Martin brought the blunder to the TV host's awareness, prompting her to give an on-air apology as well as this tweet: "I send my sincerest apologies to @MartinShort and his family. He handled situation w/enormous grace and kindness and I'm so grateful."
The actor's late wife passed away after a battle with ovarian cancer. The couple had three children together.