Based on a recent report published by Huffington Post, Kathie Lee Gifford made a gaffe during the Wednesday morning edition of her show, “Today”. The TV presenter asked actor Martin Short about his marriage even though his wife, Nancy Dolman, passed away almost two years ago.
Despite the preparations they make for their shows, talk show hosts are, nevertheless, prone to mistakes and gaffes. The most recent episode took place on Wednesday morning when Kathie Lee Gifford asked her guest, Martin Short, about the state of his marriage. The moment wouldn’t have been weird, if the actor’s wife, Nancy Dolman, hadn’t been dead for two years.
Gifford wanted to congratulate the comedian for his long lasting marriage, so she told him that people in the movie industry envy him and his wife for their successful marriage. She then, asked the guest for how long has he been married to Nancy. When he first heard the question, Short was a little bit surprised, but he handled the situation by answering “We, uh, married 36 years”.
The moment was extensively discussed on the Internet and one blogger described the interview as “painful to watch”. Gifford, too, realized the mistake she made during the commercial break and she did her best to put things right. She issued an on-air apology as soon as she got back on air.
Martin Short’s wife, Nancy Dolman passed away two years ago. She had been battling ovarian cancer for a long period of time, but according to the coroner’s report she died of natural causes.
Gifford is not the only talk show host to make this mistake. Her gaffe was preceded by Elisabeth Hasselbeck’s interview with actor Stanley Tucci which was held in 2010. During the respective edition of “The View”, Hasselbeck asked the actor whether his wife saw his movie “The Lovely Bones” or not. She later on, realized that Tucci’s wife had passed away six months earlier and apologized for her mistake.