Kathie Lee Gifford on 'Today' (2012)

During a May appearance on "Today" to promote his voice work in "Madagascar 3," Martin Short was his usual jovial self, answering all questions from co-hosts Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb with aplomb. But then Gifford began asking about Short's wife, Nancy, unaware that she had passed away a year and a half earlier. After a commercial break, Gifford immediately apologized to Short (who was no longer there) and the at-home audience.

( Peter Kramer / NBC / January 17, 2013 )

During a May appearance on "Today" to promote his voice work in "Madagascar 3," Martin Short was his usual jovial self, answering all questions from co-hosts Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb with aplomb. But then Gifford began asking about Short's wife, Nancy, unaware that she had passed away a year and a half earlier. After a commercial break, Gifford immediately apologized to Short (who was no longer there) and the at-home audience.

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