Credit: Dan Harr/Splash News Photo: NeNe Leakes Attends the “Real Housewives Live” Tour on October 15, 2011

As a host of the Miss U.S.A pageant this past weekend, The Real Housewives of Atlanta star NeNe Leakes was able to pose some hard-hitting questions to the beautiful hopefuls. When NeNe asked Miss Utah how she felt about the fact that women still earn less than men even though they are the primary earners in 40 percent of American families with children, Miss Utah’s awkward response was memorable to say the least.

Basically, Marissa Powell, 20, tried to answer the question but got lost in her own thoughts before awkwardly laughing and moving on. When asked about the flub, NeNe was remarkably compassionate, telling People Magazine, “We all make mistakes that often result in a miscommunication.”

And despite the embarrassing mishap, NeNe is confident that Marissa will bounce back and do great things with her life. “Unfortunately, Miss Utah's error was very public. I'm confident she will use this experience and learn from it. Hopefully with all the attention she's getting ... she can turn this negative into a positive.”

Check out the unfortunate blunder below and then tell us your thoughts!

Source: People