Martin Short Reacts to Kathie Lee Gifford Gaffe About Late Wife: "People Make Mistakes"

Actor says he knows there was "no ill will intended" when the Today show cohost asked about his late wife

By Peter Gicas May 31, 2012 5:16 PMTags

While the Internet is still abuzz about the mistake Kathie Lee Gifford made on Wednesday's Today show when she asked Martin Short about his wife, who died in 2010 of ovarian cancer, the gracious star has clearly accepted her apology.

"On live television, people make mistakes. There's no ill will intended," Short exclusively told E! News about Gifford's gaffe while doing press for his latest film, Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted. "It's nice to aspire to be kind of elegant."

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

Something he obviously continues to do.

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