Martin Short on Kathie Lee: People Make Mistakes

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By Breeanna Hare, CNN

(CNN) — Martin Short reacted to Kathie Lee Gifford’s questioning about his deceased wife with admirable class on the “Today” show Wednesday, and he hasn’t changed his stance.

The “Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted” actor stopped by to chat with morning show hosts Gifford and Hoda Kotb when Gifford began asking about Short’s wife, who died in 2010.

“You and Nancy have one of the greatest marriages in show business,” Gifford began. “How many years now for you guys?”

Short tried to drop a hint by saying, “We, uh, married for 36 years,” but Gifford continued, saying they were still in love (“madly,” Short said), and asking why.

Gifford apologized via Twitter Wednesday, writing, “I send my sincerest apologies to @MartinShort and his family. He handled situation w/enormous grace and kindness and I’m so grateful.”

Short didn’t change his position on Thursday when asked about the incident.

“I think it’s live television and people make mistakes and there’s no ill will intended,” he told E!. “And I think it’s nice to aspire to be that way.”

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