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'80s hero Martin Short shows his class when asked on TV about his dead wife

Martin Short and Nancy Dolman/AP photoIf you doubt the greater level of class that our '80s heroes demonstrate day in and day out, look no further than Martin Short's appearance this morning on NBC's The Today Show.

Short was interviewed by Kathie Lee Gifford -- why she is allowed anywhere near a TV camera is beyond me -- about his upcoming movie Madagascar 3 when Gifford decided to ask about his longtime marriage to Nancy Dolman. (Watch it online)

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

One problem: Nancy died in 2010 from ovarian cancer.

Short, for his part, holds his composure, though you can literally see the blood drain from his face as he slowly replies, "We ... have ... married ... 36 years."

Not quite catching on, Gifford continues and asks if they're still in love.

"Madly, madly in love," Short says. And the look on his face makes me want to cry.

According to Celebuzz, Short politely filled her in after the interview was over.

Following a commercial, Gifford apologized and later wrote on Twitter, "I send my sincerest apologies to @MartinShort and his family. He handled situation w/enormous grace and kindness and I'm so grateful."

Should I wait until later to tell Gifford that's not his Twitter handle?

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 30, 2012 2:55pm]


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