Former reality star slammed for posting photo of private jet evacuation during Hurricane Irma

PHOTO: TV personality Lisa Hochstein, Dec. 2, 2016, in Miami Beach, Fla.PlayFrazer Harrison/Getty Images
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A former reality star defended her decision to escape Hurricane Irma by private jet after she was slammed on social media for posting a picture of her and her family posing in front of the plane.

Lisa Hochstein, one of the stars of the short-lived "Real Housewives of Miami" shared the photo on Instagram over the weekend as her family was leaving Florida.

In the photo, she and her husband, plastic surgeon Leonard Hochstein, and their 2-year-old son Logan are seen smiling in front of the plane with their two dogs.

The photo drew jeers from a number of commenters, including Hochstein's former co-star Joanna Krupa.

"All those A------- posting and showing off w their private jets in Miami, why don’t u offer help families and animals that can’t get out?" Krupa wrote on Twitter. "Otherwise stop posting and showing off when people and animals are being left behind during this catastrophic hurricane. Idiots!"

In response to the criticism, Hochstein updated the caption on her Instagram post, explaining the family's decision to charter a plane.

"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," Hochstein said, adding that other passengers were on the flight.

"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," she continued. "Fortunately we were able to get a plane to take them with us."

Hochstein explained that the family made a last-minute decision to evacuate.

"We 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," she said. "We did not want to risk it with our little angel Logan."

She also defended their decision to let friends stay at their home while they evacuated.

"And YES we let some friends stay at our home because it's a little safer then theirs! They will be fine!!!" she wrote. "Material things can be replaced lives cannot. #staysafe."

UPDATE: to all of these ignorant people leaving nasty comments... although it's none of your damn business we were not the only ones in this plane. Every seat was occupied and my son had to sit in my lap. 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 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 will????????We 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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Some commenters agreed with Hochstein's actions.

"Who cares how your family got out of Miami as long as you got out? Keep doing what you do, don't listen to the noise. Logan is lucky to have such wonderful parents," one person wrote.

"Thank you for treating your animals like part of the family," another wrote.

Hurricane Irma has been blamed for at least 12 deaths in the U.S.

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