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TV host asks Martin Short how his wife’s doing – two years after she died from cancer

TV host Kathie Lee Gifford has publicly apologised for asking comedian Martin Short about his love life with his dead wife live on TV.

Short was on the the Today show in the US promoting Madagascar 3, when Gifford praised his marriage.

“He and Nancy have one of the greatest marriages of anybody in show business. How many years now for you guys?” she asked, oblivious to the fact that Short’s wife died two years ago of ovarian cancer.

“We, ah, married 36 years,” Short awkwardly replied.

“But you’re still, like, in love” Gifford continued.

“Madly in love,” Short said.

“Why?” she asked.

“Because I’m cute,” he said, leading Gifford to add, “And you make each other laugh.”

Short did not mention his wife’s death on the show and was clearly perplexed by Gifford’s questioning.

After a commercial break, Gifford came back on air and explained how Short had told her of his wife’s passing off-air. “My apologies for not realising,” she told viewers.

She later tweeted her sincere regret for the gaffe.

“I send my sincerest apologies to Martin Short and his family,” she wrote. “He handled situation w/enormous grace and kindness and I’m so grateful.”

Short and his wife were married for 30 years.