Martin Short on Kathie Lee Gaffe: 'People Make Mistakes'

UPDATED 05/31/2012 at 06:00 PM EDT Originally published 05/31/2012 at 03:50 PM EDT

Kathie Lee Gifford Martin Short: Apology Accepted
Kathie Lee Gifford and Martin Short
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Martin Short gets the award for Classiest Guy in Hollywood this week.

One day after the much buzzed-about Today show incident – in which Kathie Lee Gifford mistakenly asked about his late wife – the actor has spoken out about the gaffe, and his reaction was nothing but gracious.

"I think that it's live television and people make mistakes and there's no ill will intended," Short told E! News. "And I think it's nice to aspire to be that way."





Gifford had asked about the actor's relationship with his wife, who died in 2010 of ovarian cancer.

The Today host apologized on air Wednesday and also Tweeted: "I send my sincerest apologies to @MartinShort and his family. He handled situation w/enormous grace and kindness and I'm so grateful."
Rennie Dyball

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