Martin Short on Kathie Lee Gifford: "People Make Mistakes"

Celebrity News May. 31, 2012 AT 3:15PM
Kathie Lee Gifford, Martin Short Kathie Lee Gifford, Martin Short Credit: Jim Spellman/WireImage, George Pimentel/WireImage

Martin Short isn't one to hold a grudge.

The actor, 62, says he understands that Today show host Kathie Lee Gifford didn't intend to offend during his Wednesday appearance on the show with her questions about his wife, Nancy Dolman--who passed away in 2010 from ovarian cancer.

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"You and Nancy have one of the greatest marriages of anybody in show business," Gifford said. "How many years for you guys now?"

"We . . . married 36 years," Short replied.

"But you're still in love!" the host exclaimed. "Madly in love," he answered. "Madly in love."

During a commercial break, Gifford learned of her cringe-worthy gaffe and apologized on-air. "Martin just told me as he was leaving, he said, 'Kathie, you probably didn't know,' but his beautiful, precious wife Nancy did pass away a year and a half ago . . . I feel so badly," the remorseful Gifford told viewers.

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On Thursday, Short spoke to E! News about the awkward exchange--and made it clear he doesn't hold it against Gifford.

"I think that it's live television and people make mistakes and there's no ill will intended," the Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted star shared. "And I think it's nice to aspire to be that way."

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