A History of Live Mic Mishaps: 8 Private Confessions Made Public

When news broke that Jesse Jackson had whispered that he wanted to “cut [Barack Obama’s] nuts off” before a Fox & Friends interview Sunday, it was a reminder that hot mics can make it hard for public figures to keep their private conversations private.

It should be a simple life lesson: When you have a media outlet’s microphone attached to you should expect other people are listening to your conversation, and very likely recording it.

Herewith, some famous examples of people who should know better, but obviously didn’t.