Sandra Lee is opening up about rumors that she refused to let House Speaker Paul Ryan appear on a recent "Fox & Friends" cooking segment.
Reports surfaced last week that the Food Network personality told Ryan and producers that she didn't want him appearing on the segment with her.
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"I need you go to away so I can collect my thoughts, prepare and get ready for the segment," she reportedly said at the time.
Now, Lee is opening up to Page Six about the moment and the intense reaction she garnered online for refusing Ryan's company.
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"At first what occurred to me is that we are both from Wisconsin," she told Page Six. "And I realized he is the one thing from Wisconsin that I cannot tolerate or stomach. I just do not stand for anything he stands for. I was so angry I was shaking, and I never had that experience before in my life or on any show. I love 'Fox & Friends.' That was the only time that happened to me. I do not get angry for too long. He left the set, and I was back to Sandra Lee."
The star, who shot to fame on the Food Network's "Semi-Homemade Cooking" and has been dating Governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, for 12 years, also explained that she was "surprised about the reaction" her decision received. She pointed to the fact that she hadn't been previously very outspoken on politics as the reason for the amount of headlines it made.
"Just because I chose not to state my opinion does not mean I do not have one," she explained. "When it comes to health care or childhood hunger issues, I am not going to be quiet, tolerant or silent about my experiences or my convictions."
Paul Ryan has not addressed the incident.
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