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Kathie Lee Gifford tweets apology to Martin Short; tweet has error

May 31, 2012|By Amy Hubbard
  • Kathie Lee Gifford, right, and "Today" co-host Hoda Kotb. Gifford didn't realize guest Martin Short's wife had died. She has since apologized, on air and by tweet.
Kathie Lee Gifford, right, and "Today" co-host Hoda Kotb. Gifford…

Kathie Lee Gifford is getting a lot of flak for asking Martin Short about his current relationship with his deceased wife — Short's wife, Nancie, died two years ago. Short is being championed for his smooth response and calm demeanor after the interview on Wednesday's "Today" show. 

But here's to Kathy for tweeting her sincere apologies.  And so what if her tweet had an error.

"I send my sincerest apologies to @MartinShort and his family.  He handled situation w/enormous grace and kindness and I'm so grateful," Gifford tweeted.

One tweeter noted, "Dude ... that's not martin short's twitter. LOL"

Sure enough, @MartinShort doesn't seem to get you to the right spot. You get an egg. 

It's the thought, however, that counts.  Gifford on Wednesday was talking about Short's love for his wife, to whom he was married for 36 years.  She died in 2010 after a long battle with ovarian cancer. 

Gifford asked if he was still in love, and Short replied, "Madly in love."  Which is both lovely and poignant.

Gifford apologized on air after the commercial break, later sending a tweet.  And Short told E! News that "it's live television and people make mistakes."

True that.

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