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The Most Embarrassing Instances of Famous People Forgetting Their Mic Was On

Updated July 27, 2020 28.0k votes 7.2k voters 890.6k views20 items

List RulesVote up the most cringe-worthy cases of a famous person forgetting their mic was on.

Maybe you've said something you wished you hadn't or been overheard during an inconvenient moment. It's embarrassing, right? Now imagine being on live TV. This is a collection of people who forgot their mic was on and learned the hard way that being overheard often has major consequences. While some people gained notoriety for their blunders, others felt the heat from these famous hot mic fails.

There are plenty of celebrities who forgot their mics were on and said something they really shouldn't have. Whether their mics catch a moment of uncharacteristic honesty or something truly regretful, it's kind of reassuring to know that they're not just teleprompter-reading robots. Vote up the embarrassing hot mic videos that make you cringe the most.

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    News Anchor Utters String of Profanities on His First Day, Is Immediately Fired

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    A.J. Clemente was momentarily famous in 2013 for having officially the worst day on the job ever. A few seconds into his first telecast forNBC affiliate KFYR in Bismarck, ND, the rookie news anchor cursed up a blue streak and was immediately suspended. He didn't realize his mic was on. Clemente released an apology, but that didn't do him any good. The station fired him. 

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    Britney Spears Makes an Embarrassing Announcement

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    In 2009, Britney Spears accidentally made a big mistake during a performance in Tampa, FL. After concluding a song with a dramatic finish, and in the midst of booming applause, she complained into her mic that she was having a wardrobe malfunction. She exclaimed her vagina was "hanging out" so loud that she could be heard over the excited audience. 

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    Ronald Reagan Jokes About Bombing Russia Before a Radio Address in 1984

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    It's been decades since President Ronald Reagan made a joke about bombing Russia while testing his mic before a scheduled radio address in 1984. Reagan's joke greatly unnerved many people, considering his militaristic approach to the USSR and the fact that the Cold War was at its height. Reagan's approval ratings took a hit and put his reelection in question. It was by no means the first time his sense of humor got him into trouble

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    Barack Obama Gossips About Benjamin Netanyahu at the 2008 G20 Summit

    President Barack Obama and French President Nicolas Sarkozy were caught talking smack about Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the G20 Summit in 2008.  They were unaware that the mics in their meeting room had been turned on and that reporters could hear them from the outside. Sarkozy called Netanyahu a liar. Obama didn't come to his defense. He replied: "You’re tired of him? What about me? I have to deal with him every day.” Ouch!

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