Real Housewives Bloopers That Make Us Love Them Even More

The "Real Housewives" franchise is a bona fide institution, and Bravo has created an enduring cultural phenomenon that has introduced us to some of the most fascinating people and pop culture moments in recent history. Long-time fans have grown to love these women, hate these women, and love to hate these women... but mostly love.

From cast trips to off-the-rails dinner parties to epic three-part reunions and everything in between, Bravo's leading ladies never fail to bring drama, but they're equally skilled at providing comic relief funny enough to spawn viral memes, whether intentional or not.

We're used to tuning in for unhinged fights, but every now and again we're blessed with a goofy scene that we can't believe we get to watch for free (or whatever we're paying for cable). In celebration of these funny snippets, we've rounded up some of the best ones as an ode to these hysterical women. These are the "Real Housewives" bloopers and unexpected moments that make us love this bunch of reality stars even more.

Vicki Gunvalson's surprise bathroom break

Oh, the Tres Amigas. Since all but one has been booted off of "The Real Housewives of Orange County," it's only right that we pay homage to two of the greatest 'wives to ever do it: Vicki Gunvalson and Tamra Judge. Say what you will, there's no denying this duo brought everything you could want from a Real Housewife: drama, self indulgent and petty behavior, gossip, and loads and loads of memorable moments.

One of those memorable moments came from Gunvalson, the OG of the OC, on a trip to Mexico. Gunvalson, who popularized the phrase "whoop it up" among Bravo lovers, may have whooped it up just a little bit too much while celebrating her bestie Judge's bachelorette party. After exiting her bedroom, Judge noticed that Gunvalson had left a tiny bit of urine on her bed. "I leaked. I'm gonna own it. I'm not gonna lie about it. I did it." Gunvalson said of her blooper. 

Lest anyone think she was playing it up for the cameras, it seems like it was a totally organic "Real Housewives" gaffe. Recounting the mess-pee moment in a Bravo blog post, Gunvalson wrote,  "After a few tequila shots, no time to stop for a bathroom break I leaked when I was laughing so hard. Please excuse that as my formal apology as I was not proud of that whatsoever and very embarrassed."

NeNe Leakes' dynamic interview outtakes

Long before she stepped away for a second time after Season 12, NeNe Leakes defined "The Real Housewives of Atlanta." Leakes became popular by always keeping it real and not shying away from fights and controversy, and we've also grown to love her thanks to some of her iconic one-liners. Whether she was reminding a friend that she is "very rich" or telling a fellow cast member to "close [her] legs to married men," Leakes was constantly serving us binge-worthy content.

Thanks to Bravo, some of her best interview outtakes will live on for us to watch whenever we're missing our favorite Atlanta gal. From her epic pronunciation of the word "honey" to her sound effects to her sarcastic laughing to her Jim Carrey-esque facial expressions, no one does an interview like Leakes. We'll always bow down to her, bloopers and all. All hail Queen NeNe.

That said, a different kind of blooper almost landed her in hot water with the wrong member of "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills." On a 2019 episode of "Watch What Happens Live," Leakes told Andy Cohen she had an issue with Lisa Rinna, but did not elaborate. Turns out, she was thinking of another Southern California-based Lisa. "I actually said the wrong name," Leakes said on Jenny McCarthy's radio show. "When I saw it, I was like, 'Did I say Lisa Rinna?' I meant Lisa Vanderpump." According to Leakes, the two apparently had some drama over a restaurant location. 

Adrienne Maloof washes her chicken with soap

As much as we love the new seasons and new franchises ("The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City" anyone?), we'll always have a soft spot in our hearts for the ladies who did it first. That list, of course, includes a certain original cast member of "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" who is honest, upfront, glamorous, and very, very rich. "RHOBH" alum Adrienne Maloof has so much money, she's someone you're surprised to learn actually does things for herself, including giving her poultry a good scrub down. In Season 2, Maloof confused the heck out of co-star Lisa Vanderpump, and many viewers at home for that matter, by putting a unique spin on washing food. Maloof washed her chicken with soap before cooking it, and revealed that's just how she washes her food. It's an interesting method. But hey, at least the food's clean?

...Or maybe not. According to the CDC, washing raw chicken is not the way to go, as "chicken juices can spread in the kitchen and contaminate other foods, utensils, and countertops." And as the NHS noted, the act "can increase your risk of food poisoning." Eesh.

Regardless, the washed chicken of Beverly Hills lives in infamy, and it bubbled up again during the pandemic. When the COVID-19 lockdowns began in California in March 2020, Maloof posted an illustration of the moment on Instagram and wrote, "#TBT but oh so relevant." 

Gizelle Bryant stumbles again and again

We could consume Bravo content constantly (and honestly, we kind of do). We especially love it when the network compiles videos of our favorite 'wives showing their humanity, like this video of "The Real Housewives of Potomac" star Gizelle Bryant tripping, and tripping, and tripping some more. Let us thank the Bravo producers and editors for this wonderful compilation, and let us thank Bryant for each and every one of these endearing moments. 

We're not sure if it's a footwear issue, or if she just is clumsy. Either way, we love seeing this Potomac legend trip over anything in her path, and we love seeing her laugh at herself. Bryant clearly doesn't take her tripping too seriously, as after every near-fall, she follows up with a chuckle or a joke at her own expense. "That was supposed to be a nice entrance," she said after one of her falls. We know it was supposed to be nice, but honestly? We're kind of glad it wasn't. Hey, she may get knocked down, but she will always get up again. The uneven rug isn't going to keep her down.

Most of the time, though, she keeps it together, and looks great doing it. A scroll through her Instagram Bryant doesn't trip too much in her spare time — unless you count going on fabulous trips to fabulous locations, that is.

Cynthia Bailey gets her story straight

What Bravo fan doesn't love the interviews? The glam, the fashion, the drama, and, of course, the shade. It's one of the best parts of watching "The Real Housewives," as a number of the stars have perfected the art form. Heck, some "Real Housewives" interview clips should be featured at the MoMA.

But with all true art forms, there are scraps that aren't quite so great. For all of our favorite interviews moments, there's a less-than-stellar one that didn't make it to air. And even experienced Housewives like "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" veteran Cynthia Bailey stumble over words during interviews. Bravo compiled some of Bailey's talking head bloopers, and yes, it's all charming. Our favorite? It might be when she keeps getting tongue-tied while trying to say, "Ain't nothing like a bunch of queens to take your mind off things."

And as much as we love seeing those final edits where they nail their zinger, we also love seeing the 'wives try to gather their thoughts until they finally reach their desired sentiment. It's funny and relatable — so much so, it gives us a tiny glimmer of hope that if we were ever to be asked on the show ourselves, maybe we'd be able to hack it. And hey, since Bailey is no longer on the "RHOA" roster, perhaps they're in need of a new cast member. Andy Cohen, give us a call.

The real animals of Beverly Hills

As much as we love seeing funny moments featuring the humans of "The Real Housewives," we love a good critter cameo, too. Whether it's Monique Samuels' parrot T'Challa (R.I.P.) or Bethenny Frankel's dogs Biggie and Smalls, we're thrilled to see an animal pop up. Oh, and we especially love when a pet only adds to the chaos.

Although it doesn't happen often — as Kyle Richards once said about her dogs, "They're very well trained" — it happens just enough. We're big fans of the pets of "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" and the antics they deliver while their owners try to film their interviews. From Richards' dogs to Lisa Vanderpump's, well, zoo of animals, a little animal on camera brings us nothing but happiness. We've literally been given talking heads where LVP tries to wrangle an uncooperative swan named Hanky, for Pump's sake. If that isn't good TV, what is?

"Real Housewives" animal antics we're not fans of? PuppyGate. Though we shouldn't be surprised, we never thought rumors about a dog would be what pushed Vanderpump out of "RHOBH." Who knew Ken Todd yelling "goodbye, Kyle!" would actually be foreshadowing his wife's exit from the show?

Ramona Singer's malapropisms

Bethenny Frankel this, Sonja Morgan that. May we not overlook "The Real Housewives of New York City" star Ramona Singer. Is she ridiculous? Yes. Have we all had moments where we've failed to wrap our minds around where she's coming from? Absolutely. But no matter your opinion of her, she can be entertaining and is undeniably part of the enduring success of "RHONY." Singer is known for saying ridiculous things, whether on purpose or not. It's part of her, uh, charm at this point. What's more, her remarks are more often than not paired with her signature indifference and disregard for how whatever she's saying affects other people. We only dream of having Singer's confidence.

Most of her best quotes have come from her saying some common phrase incorrectly. And while we can empathize with her co-stars who have to put up with what must be frustrating errors, her malapropisms are hysterical to watch. We're not trying to make "a mountain out of a whole mill" or act like "oil and vinegar," but we just want to show our girl some appreciation. 

Of course, there are times when she says something that really crosses the wine (you see what we did there). Now, Singer will apologize... though her castmates don't always find her remorse to be genuine. As Luann de Lesseps wrote in a Bravo blog post after receiving one of Singer's (many) mea culpas, "Her apology was typical Ramona... #crocodiletears and insincere."

Ramona Singer's modeling eyes

There's a reason we're mentioning Ramona Singer twice. Few 'wives in Bravo history have left as epic a legacy as Singer. Most 'wives don't last as long, and most 'wives don't give us as much insane content that lives rent-free in our minds. Let's be honest, Singer's absurdity doesn't just live rent free in our brains, we would pay for it to be there if we had to. And when talking about memorable Singer scenes, it'd be criminal not to mention her infamous modeling gig from "The Real Housewives of New York City" Season 3. When asked to walk in a fashion show, Singer, being the woman she is, of course snagged the opportunity, and the rest of us are forever indebted to her for creating such a memorable moment.

Singer strutted down that runway with a wildly intense look in her eyes. Her fellow 'wives tried to make sense of what inspired such a stare. "She looked like an alien invaded her body," former "RHONY" star Jill Zarin said of the moment. If Zarin is correct, thank you to said alien.

Years later, Singer was given the chance to redeem herself, and addressed the Season 3 moment. "The first time I walked the runway, I was a deer in headlights," she said. Deer, alien, it's just semantics, right? Singer's second strut was decidedly better than her first, but we'd still rather watch the first.

Teresa Giudice ditches her mint and gum

Like Ramona Singer, our favorite OG Jersey girl Teresa Giudice has enough bloopers to fill an entire season and then some. Lots of them make it to the final edits or inspire an entire game for an episode of "Watch What Happens Live," but some end up on the editing floor. Thankfully, Bravo will occasionally release those never-before-seen goofs for us to enjoy at our leisure, like the footage of Giudice chucking her mint behind the couch before resuming a reunion taping. Or the scene where she hands her chewed gum to a producer before taking a picture with the cast. That minty fresh breath one-two punch took place while the cast filmed the Season 4 reunion. 

Giudice is herself through and through, and clearly she always has been. Whether she's flipping a table in rage and calling someone a "prostitution whore" who was "engaged 19 times" or complaining about sprinkle cookies, she's helped "The Real Housewives of New Jersey" stay a must-watch show all these years later. Frankly, we don't plan on stopping any time soon.

The Atlanta Housewives' virtual bloopers

When the coronavirus pandemic lockdowns began in the United States in the spring of 2020, people far and wide made work adjustments — including the stars of "The Real Housewives." Rather than skip out on the reunion altogether or break any sort of coronavirus-related protocol, "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" gathered virtually in April 2020 to tape a post-season special. It was the first "Real Housewives" virtual reunion, and wow, it did not disappoint. Like any good Zoom event, there were plenty of bloopers to be had during the "RHOA" Season 12 reunion. The specific brand of chaos that comes with a virtual meeting was in full effect, to say the least.

From Kandi Burruss asking everyone to hit pause on a conversation so she could spend several seconds readjusting her dress to Cynthia Bailey chugging her drink to host Andy Cohen's computer playing music without warning to NeNe Leakes storming away from her laptop without actually closing the computer (which meant her co-stars and the viewers got to stare at a shot of her keyboard for some time), we couldn't get enough of the cast just trying to get through the reunion day.

The following season, the Atlanta 'wives met up for an in-person reunion, all in stunning black ensembles, ready to dissect the drama. As Cohen noted, "I don't think that you could social distance from this season's drama if you wanted to." 

Sonja Morgan forgets to hang up

If we had to pick a cast that's generated the most bloopers, "The Real Housewives of New York City" might be on top. These ladies have consistently brought us hilarious outtakes that we just can't seem to get enough of, such as a certain hysterical exchange between Sonja Morgan and Luann de Lesseps that took place during Season 13. After they discussed Morgan's bout with COVID-19 and everyone's favorite love triangle fixture, Harry Dubin, Morgan thought she had ended the call. So, she started telling her infamous interns that, despite her love for her friends, she "can't stop talking s**t about them."

De Lesseps stayed on the line long enough to hear Morgan's confession and had a good laugh about the rant — how could you not? We gotta say, we love seeing the two friends be so nonchalant about the fact that they do all talk s**t about each other. And hey, if they didn't, would any of us keep watching? (Okay, we probably would.)

Season 13 more or less fizzled out unceremoniously; for the first time ever, "RHONY" ended without a reunion special. Even so, it sounds like the show will go on: Andy Cohen told Michael Rapaport on "The Wendy Williams Show" in November 2021 that Season 14 of "RHONY" is "kind of on pause" but did assure fans that there's "a lot of casting happening." Let us hope that the future holds more Sonja Morgan-style phone convo gaffes.

Lisa Rinna sheds a single tear

We've said it before and will say it again, reunions are arguably the best part of the "Real Housewives" seasons. They've given us some of the most memorable moments in the franchises, like one particular exchange between "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" stars Lisa Rinna and Kim Richards. 

Richards proved she's an epic Housewife when she pulled a stunt Bravo fans will never forget — and no, we're not referring to the time she brought up Harry Hamlin (though that was amazing, too). We're talking about the time she returned a stuffed bunny to Rinna because, as Richards put it, "I don't feel like it was given to me with the right energy." Rinna cried, Richards told Rinna not to cry, and Rinna let just one single tear fall. The moment was uncomfortable. It was clunky. It was unexpected. It was petty. And it was perfect. We hate to revel in Rinna's pain, but that scene stuck with us immediately. To quote Richards, we needed a piece of bread to calm down afterward. The blooper in question? No, it wasn't Richards returning the bunny mid-reunion. Rather, Rinna gifting the bunny to Richards in the first place was the blooper. And yes, we are grateful for said blooper.

The bunny has been mentioned plenty of times since the reunion, and we're happy to report that it's safely sitting in the "Watch What Happens Live" Clubhouse, under the close watch of Andy Cohen. No reason to cry about that.