Kathie Lee Gifford, 58, may have made a career of speaking before she thinks, but her propensity to get ahead of herself came back to bite her on Thursday's Today Show with Gifford and Hoda Kotb when Gifford praised the "great" marriage of her guest, Martin Short, 62, who was there to promote his new film, Madagascar 3. The trouble is, Short's wife, Nancy Dolman, died in August 2010 of ovarian cancer.

"He and Nancy have one of the greatest marriages of anybody in show business," Gifford said. "How many years now for you guys?" Short responded after a brief pause, "Married 36 years."

Short played it cool while Gifford kept digging herself in deeper on the NBC live program. "But you're still in love?" she asked. "Madly in love," Short replied.

During the commercial break Short apparently pulled Gifford aside and mentioned that his wife had passed away. Upon the return from the break, she apologized on air to Short and his family. "I feel so badly," she said.

Watch the uncomfortable Gifford moment from Today, via the Los Angeles Times, here:

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