‘Real Housewives’ Star Evacuated Irma on a Private Jet | She’s Not Sorry

A Real Housewives star evacuated Irma on a private jet, and she wasn’t sorry when people criticized her Instagram photo of her smiling family and dogs next to the plane. Lisa Hochstein, who starred in the second and third seasons of The Real Housewives of Miami, had posted the snap on Sept. 12. Those commenting called the photo “tone deaf” and “stupid.”

UPDATE: to all of these ignorant people leaving nasty comments… this post is for my friends and family who were concerned about us, begged us to get out and wanted updates on our well being. Although it's no ones business we were not the only ones in this plane. Every seat was occupied and my son had to sit in my lap. There were no commercial flights out of Miami at this point. EVERYONE IS POSTING ON SM about how they escaped! This happens to be mine and I don't need to apologize or hide to ANYONE ABOUT HOW WE DO SO. We also did not have paper work for our dogs to fly commercial as every vet was closed and every flight was booked and there is no way in hell we would leave them behind. Fortunately we were able to get a plane to take them with us. Anyone with nasty comments needs to back off get off my page and worry about yourself and how you can help others instead if wasting your energy on attacking me. And to the other commenters about me "abandoning" my friends in my house they weren't any guests that happened to just be there already, they are friends who just didn't have a proper safe place to stay who live in Miami and I figured mine would be safer for them so I offered for them to come on over! So take your comments and shove them up your THANK YOU to all of my family and friends who have reached out to help, offer a place to stay, offer help to get out of Miami or just checked on us! And I'm sorry if I haven't gotten back to all of you! But I willWe weren't originally going to leave partly because of the dogs and a few other things….and waited until the last minute when we realized that this thing wasn't slowing down which definitely made it difficult to get out. I'm praying for everyone who already has been devastated by this hurricane and pray that Somehow by a miracle Florida is not hit so hard. We did not want to risk it with our little angel Logan. And YES we let some friends stay at our home because it's a little safer then theirs! They will be fine!!! Material things can be replaced lives cannot #staysafe

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In the photo’s original caption, Hochstein thanked those “who have reached out to help, offer a place to stay, offer help to get out of Miami or just checked on us! And I’m sorry if I haven’t gotten back to all of you!” She went on to explain her family originally hadn’t planned to evacuate but changed their minds at the last minute, “which definitely made it difficult to get out.”

Among those who criticized the photo was Hochstein’s Real Housewives of Miami costar Joanna Krupa who posted two tweets denouncing those “showing off with their private jets in Miami” who were not offering help to families and animals who were stranded.

Hochstein updated her Instagram photo’s caption with a lengthy response, including, “Although it’s no one’s business we were not the only ones in this plane. Every seat was occupied and my son had to sit in my lap. There were no commercial flights out of Miami at this point. EVERYONE IS POSTING ON SM about how they escaped! This happens to be mine and I don’t need to apologize or hide to ANYONE ABOUT HOW WE DO SO.

“Anyone with nasty comments needs to back off get off my page and worry about yourself and how you can help others instead of wasting your energy on attacking me.”

Hochstein is married to plastic surgeon Dr. Lenny Hochstein. The two have one son, Logan, who is 2 years old.

Lisa Hochstein and Husband Leonard Hochstein

Lisa Hochstein and Dr. Leonard Hochstein attend a fashion show event in 2015 in Miami Beach, Fla. | Carlos Barrios/Getty Images for Luli Fama

In related news, the Hurricane Irma death toll climbed to 12 Tuesday, with the Florida Keys partially reopening to residents.

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