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Awkward! Kathie Lee Asks Martin Short How His Deceased Wife Is Doing

On the Today Show, co-host Kathie Lee very warmly asked how guest Martin Short’s wife is doing. It was a nice gesture. There’s just one small problem. Martin Short’s wife has been dead for two years.


Martin Short, 62, was on The Today Show Wednesday, promoting Madagascar 3. Things were going great until Kathie Lee Gifford asked kindly, “And you and Nancy have one of the greatest marriages of anybody in show business. How many years now for you guys?” Short didn’t miss a beat, answering, “We … have … married … 36 years.” It probably would have been fine if it had been left there, but Gifford pressed onward: “But you are still like, in love?” to which Short answered, “Madly in love, madly in love.”

Short’s wife, Nancy Dolman died in August 2010 at the age of 58 from ovarian cancer. Remember, this was live TV. Pretty graceful of Short.

At least they had awesome wigs...