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Kathie Lee Gifford made one of the biggest faux pas ever recorded on television on Wednesday morning. While interviewing comedian Martin Short with co-host Hoda Kotb live on the Today show, Gifford forgot that the Madagascar 3 star's wife had died in 2010.
The interview was seamless until Gifford switched the focus to Short's family. After asking about his three grown-up children, the veteran host asked Short about his wife Nancy (who died from ovarian cancer in 2010).
"You and Nancy have one of the greatest marriages of anybody in show business," Gifford said. "How many years now for you guys now?"
Short, 62, didn't correct Gifford's cringe-worthy blunder but instead, calmly replied, "Married 36 years."
"But you're still in love!" Gifford, 58, went on. "Why?"
Short nervously shrugged his shoulders and said, "Cute. I'm cute."
When the cameras cut to a commercial break, Short clued Gifford in on her mistake. When they returned, the embarrassed host said: Before we go on, Martin just told me as he was leaving, 'Kathie you probably didn't know.' But his beautiful, precious wife Nancy did pass away a year and a half ago of ovarian cancer. I feel so badly...My apologies to him and his family for not realizing that."
Later that afternoon, Gifford took to Twitter to further apologize for her rather monumental mistake.
"I send my sincerest apologies to @MartinShort and his family. He handled situation w/enormous grace and kindness and I'm so grateful," she twittered.
Watch the interview below: