Thursday, May 31, 2012

Kathy Lee Gifford embarassing FUBAR: asks Martin Short how his long-dead wife is doing

Kathy Lee Gifford has again, on-air, made a mistake of colossal proportions, although it should be noted that neither co-interviewer Hoda Kotb nor "Today Show" guest Martin Short corrected her. On Wednesday's "The Today Show," Gifford asked Short about his wife, Nancy Dolman, and their longtime love.

Sadly, Nancy Dolman died in 2010, after a battle with ovarian cancer.

Meanwhile, Martin Short, 62, was on "The Today Show" being interviewed about his role in the upcoming "Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted." Short voices Stefano, one of the four new characters in the third entry in the animated "Madagascar" film series.

As part of the interview, Gifford brought up the great love between Short and his late spouse. Gifford said that “You and Nancy have one of the greatest marriages of anybody in show business. How many years now, for you guys?," oblivious to the facts.

In what was, quite possibly, an enormous feat of self-control, Short showed no emotion. Instead, he did not correct Kathy Lee Gifford, but instead simply said, “We, um, married 36 years.” Short may have been including their courtship, as the couple was married for 30 years. They had three children, Katherine Elizabeth (b. 1983), Oliver Patrick (b. 1986), Henry (b. 1989).

In response, Gifford asked, “But you’re still, like, in love?” Short replied “Madly in love, madly in love.” When Gifford asked him, “Why?” Short joked, “Cute. I’m cute.” Hoda Kotb, sitting with Gifford, didn't correct Gifford etiher, but instead added, "That is true." Gifford then added what was possibly the worst statement of all: "And you make each other laugh."

After a commercial, Gifford and Kotb, sitting alone, informed viewers that Short had told her during the break that his wife had died of ovarian cancer in 2010. Gifford apologized profusely, saying, "Martin just told me, as he was leaving, he said, 'Kathy, you probably don't know,' but his beautiful, precious wife Nancy did pass away a year and a half ago, of ovarian cancer, and I feel so badly. He said, 'Kathy,' he said, 'at her funeral Mike Nichols said just keep the conversation going. And the way he was speaking of her ..."

Kotb interjected, "He said he had one of the great marriages, and at the end, he told you, 'I still do.'"

Gifford added, "So my apologies to him and his family for not realizing that."

Gifford also apologized on Twitter, Tweeting, “I send my sincerest apologies to @MartinShort and his family. He handled situation w/enormous grace and kindness and I’m so grateful.” Unfortunately, that is not a Twitter handle associated with Martin Short.

This isn’t the first time Gifford has made this type of mistake. Earlier, when she co-starred with Regis Philbin on "Live! with Regis & Kathie Lee," she once asked singer James Taylor how his older brother was. However, James Taylor's brother, Alex Taylor died more than a year prior to that interview.

You can watch the on-air FUBAR in the video embedded, below.



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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Animal Planet's 'Mermaids: The Body Found': science faction, not science fact

Cable network Animal Planet has aired a documentary, of sorts, "Mermaids: The Body Found" as an end to its Monster Week, which ran from  May 21-28.  The show was termed a "speculative documentary," based on reports of actual events, but not on pure science.

Truth be told, the two-hour long special was fiction, but was presented in the manner of an actual documentary.  Actors played scientists who claimed to have found the body of a mermaid on a Washington state beach.

Any who might have believed the show to be science, not science fiction, should take a look at the Animal Planet press release on the show.  It clearly states that the special was not fact, but fiction, saying, "Editor's Note: This two-hour special is science fiction based on some real events and scientific theory." 

In other words, there may be some small kernel of truth in the documentary - or perhaps none at all.  However, during the actual airing of the "documentary," there is no disclaimer of any type posted indicating that the program is fictional. 

Within a short time after the documentary was aired, the fact-checking website Snopes.com labeled it as a hoax, noting that Animal Planet had gone to great lengths to disguise the show.  Specifically, the Snopes site was asked about a video that the documentary claimed was taken with a boy's cell phone camera; that video can be seen in the sidebar, but is, like the rest of the show, science fiction. 

The network even created a documentary home page at believeinmermaids.com, which displays a fake Department of Homeland Security / Justice Department warning indicating that the domain name has been seized. These same types of warnings are posted when ICE seizes a domain for copyright infringement, making the page look almost legitimate, if there was some sort of government Area-51-type cover-up, that is. 

Notably, in case you want to watch the show, and missed it, you'll have another chance.  Typical of a cable show, it will be aired again, on June 17, to be exact.