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Bravo’s Most Memorable Hot Mic Moments
Every once in a while, a Bravolebrity forgets that they are wearing a microphone that records all audio.
While many of the most dramatic Bravo moments have taken place in front of the cameras, from time to time, audio picked up by a hot microphone has left fans stunned.
These hot mic moments usually happen when the cameras are down and a Bravolebrity (or a friend or spouse of a Bravolebrity) forgets that they are still wearing a microphone that can capture any and all conversations.
Over the years, fans have heard several shocking conversations take place. Below, we’ve rounded up seven of the most memorable hot mic moments to ever appear on Bravo.
1. Lisa Barlow has an explosive rant about Meredith Marks
While The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City cast was on a group trip to Zion during Season 2, Lisa Barlow and longtime bestie Meredith Marks clashed at a dinner. After an early and abrupt departure from the table, Lisa went back to her room and shared some strong words about Meredith, her husband, Seth Marks, and their three kids.
“I’m leaving. What Meredith just did is so f--ked up,” Lisa said in part of her monologue. “I am f--king done.”
The moment altered the friendship between the two New York natives, and it is still a major point of contention on Season 3.
2. Wendy Osefo says Mia Thornton is “lying” about her health
After The Real Housewives of Potomac’s Mia Thornton took to social media to open up about a health scare without knowing her full prognosis, Dr. Wendy Osefo was one of the ladies who was vehemently in her corner. She even told Robyn Dixon that she had “never” called Mia a liar — which changed just a few minutes later when she chatted with a producer after the group dance event.
“But she’s lying, so who cares?” Wendy said in her hot mic moment. “We all know she’s lying.”
Wendy later defended the hot mic incident on an episode of Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen.
“Yes, I’ll own it,” Wendy said, before defending her actions. “But what me and Robyn were talking about was how she and Gizelle [Bryant] approached Mia. I never said that I believed her. I was just saying that Robyn and Gizelle’s approach, by being in her face, was wrong… So, two different things.”
3. Karen Huger shades Charrisse Jackson-Jordan while she’s getting ready
On Season 7 of RHOP, Karen Huger isn’t exactly getting along with Charrisse Jackson-Jordan — and their feud dates all the way back to Season 2. During a group trip to Bermuda, Karen got glam in her hotel room. Once the cameras left, but while she was still wearing her microphone, she had a few choice words to say about her frenemy.
“Charrisse, you know she’s very jealous, and she’s evil!” Karen said in part of her rant, before discussing some of the rumors about Charrisse’s romantic life.
4. Luann de Lesseps takes a phone call in French
The day after she “went out” with Tomas, Luann called a friend and spoke to her about it in French.
“He can’t say that he was here last night with me,” Luann says on the phone call. “That’s the problem. I don’t want the girls to know he was here with me. That’s very important.”
5. Barbara Kavovit gives a warning about Tom D’Agostino
Before Barbara Kavovit appeared on RHONY as a friend in Season 11, she was caught telling Carole Radziwill some less-than-savory info about Luann’s relationship with her then-fiancé, Tom D’Agostino (the couple ultimately wed in 2016 and then divorced a year later).
“She’d rather go through with it and get divorced than call it off,” Barbara said.
“She could be making the biggest mistake of her life,” Carole responded.
6. Lenny Hochstein tells a friend he “might be single” soon
Based on the trailer, viewers knew Lisa Hochstein’s divorce from Dr. Lenny Hochstein would be a major part of The Real Housewives of Miami Season 5, but few could have predicted how explosive Lenny’s hot mic moment would be.
In the final moments of the fourth episode, Lenny told his friend Vito that he “might be single” in “a couple months.” He explained that he was planning to split up with Lisa (which she didn’t yet know) and that he had already met someone else he was interested in.
When Vito asked if Lenny was still wearing a microphone, the Miami surgeon had an interesting response.
“Why do you think I’m whispering?” he asked.
7. Joe Giudice takes a call in the vineyard
On a trip to Napa Valley for Caroline Manzo’s 50th birthday during The Real Housewives of New Jersey Season 4, Joe Giudice answered a phone call from a mystery person. Viewers heard only his side of the call, but he didn’t have nice things to say about his then-wife, Teresa Giudice.
Joe later apologized for the phone call — and for what he said about his spouse — but he denied that there was anything ill-intentioned about the call itself.
On a 2022 episode of Teresa’s podcast, Namaste B$tches, the now-exes discussed that phone conversation and how Joe had never called his wife any of those names before (or afterward).