Caught On Tape: 5 Memorable Hot Mic Moments

Caught On Tape: 5 Memorable Hot Mic Moments

Chloe Seaman
June 28, 2017

President Trump recently admitted that there were “no tapes” of his meeting with former FBI director James Comey. But the president has memorably been “caught on tape” before.

Few will forget the lewd comments he made that day back in 2005 that surfaced during the Presidential campaign. It was a private conversation that became arguably one of the most public hot mic moments ever.

Here are some more memorable “caught on tape ” incidents, along with the consequences that accompanied them.

1. Billy Bush

Trump wasn’t the only one to get roasted by the fire of his remarks.

Access Hollywood reporter, Billy Bush was the one Trump was having the conversation with. Bush added to the crude conversation with embarrassing comments such as, “Yes! The Donald has scored!”

After the tape was released, backlash hit and Bush was fired from his Today hosting position.

He later expressed that his participation was “awful” and that he wishes he had “changed the topic.”

2. Travis Kalanick

The Uber CEO’s personal downfall started earlier this year when video of the ride-hailing service founder arguing with an Uber driver made headlines.

The driver, Fawzi Kamel, puts Kalanick in the hot seat for slashing Uber Black prices; telling Kalanick that he had lost $97,000 “because of you.” In response, Kalanick says, “Bullshit.” Then as he storms out of the car says, “Some people don’t like to take responsibility for their own shit. They blame everything in their life on somebody else. Good luck!”

Soon after, Kalanick apologized for his behavior. Since then, Uber has found itself in a string of scandals. Just last week, Kalanick was forced to resign after pressure from investors.

3. Donald Sterling

In 2014, LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling was recorded making racist remarks in an argument with his girlfriend.

Sterling can be heard criticizing her for posting a photo of herself with Lakers legend Magic Johnson on Instagram. “It bothers me a lot that you want to broadcast that you’re associating with black people,” said Sterling among other derogatory comments.

In response, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver punished Sterling with a lifetime ban from the NBA and a $2.5 million fine.

4. Reese Witherspoon

“Do you know my name?” the actress said amid being handcuffed by a police officer in Atlanta in 2013. “You’re about to find out who I am,” she continued.

These were just some of the embarrassing words the Oscar winning actress said as she was being arrested for disorderly conduct, while her husband stood already handcuffed for DUI.

The whole incident was captured on the officer’s dash cam.

After sobering up, Witherspoon apologized. “It was just one of those nights – we went out to dinner and had one too many glasses of wine,” she said. “I had no idea what I was talking about and I am so sorry. I was so disrespectful to him,” she added.

5. Robert Durst

It was a chilling murder confession he murmured to himself following an interview for HBO’s documentary, The Jinx.

“What the hell did I do? Killed them all, of course,” said millionaire real estate heir Robert Durst in the bathroom – seeming to forget his microphone was still on.

Durst had been acciquted of murder and a long suspect of two others, including of his wife Susan Berman.

The shocking piece of audio led to his arrest in March 2015. He has since been charged with murder. His next trial date is July 24, 2017.

Disclaimer: The above is solely intended for informational purposes and in no way constitutes legal advice or specific recommendations.