Martin Short is a class act. The comedian appeared on The Today Show yesterday to talk to Kathie Lee Gifford about his new movie, Madagascar 3. The conversation took a strange and awkward turn when Gifford started talking about Short’s deceased wife.
Gifford was oblivious to the fact that Short’s wife, Nancy Dolman, passed away in 2010. The talkshow host asked Martin about how she was doing, if they were still in love, and how they’ve managed to stay married for so long. (They were married for over three decades.)
Short kept his composure during the live interview and later said that he wasn’t upset with Kathie Lee.
“I think that it’s live television and people make mistakes and there’s no ill will intended… I think it’s nice to aspire to be that way.”
Gifford also sent out an apology to Short on Twitter, saying:
“I send my sincerest apologies to @MartinShort and his family. He handled situation w/enormous grace and kindness and I’m so grateful.”
ABC Reports that Gifford’s apology may not have reached Martin Short since @martinshort is not his Twitter handle.
How do you think Martin Short handled the situation?
Short plays Stefano the Sea Lion in Madagascar 3. Here’s a clip featuring Martin Short.