Sandra Lee on Paul Ryan 'Fox & Friends' incident: 'I was so angry, I was shaking'

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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NEW YORK, NY - MAY 12: Chef Sandra Lee attends the 2017 Breast Cancer Research Foundation Hot Pink Party at Park Avenue Armory on May 12, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 16: Sandra Lee attends Albert Einstein College of Medicine's 63rd Annual Spirit of Achievement Luncheon on May 16, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Sylvain Gaboury/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 26: Chair of the Groundbreaker Awards Dinner Sandra Lee and Bevy Smith attend the Housing Works Ground Breaker Awards Dinner at Metropolitan Pavilion on April 26, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Pont/WireImage)
HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 04: Chef Sandra Lee speaks onstage during the 30th Annual Leigh Steinberg Super Bowl Party on February 4, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images for Leigh Steinberg)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 24: Television personality Sandra Lee attends the 90th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 24, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 18: Sandra Lee attends Women's Entrepreneurship Day 2016 at United Nations on November 18, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Chance Yeh/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 15: Sandra Lee visits 'Extra' at their New York studios at H&M in Times Square on November 15, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/Getty Images for Extra)
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 01: Sandra Lee attends the 64th Annual BMI Country awards on November 1, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Erika Goldring/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 17: Chef Sandra Lee attends the God's Love We Deliver Golden Heart Awards on October 17, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Michael Kors)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 27: Sandra Lee attends the HearstLive Launch at Hearst Tower on September 27, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Pont/WireImage)
EAST HAMPTON, NY - AUGUST 20: Sandra Lee and Andrew Cuomo attend the Apollo in the Hamptons 2016 party at The Creeks on August 20, 2016 in East Hampton, New York. (Photo by Patrick McMullan/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
WATER MILL, NY - JULY 09: Sandra Lee attends the Parrish Art Museum Midsummer Party on July 9, 2016 in Water Mill, New York. (Photo by Sonia Moskowitz/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 06: Sandra Lee (L) appears on the Cooking With Friends segment of 'Fox & Friends' with hosts Steve Doocy (R) and Ainsley Earhardt at FOX Studios on July 6, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 06: Sandra Lee (L) appears on the Cooking With Friends segment of "Fox & Friends" with host Ainsley Earhardt at FOX Studios on July 6, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 26: Sandra Lee (L) and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo attendthe 2016 Pride March on June 26, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Stewart/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 18: Sandra Lee attends the Susan G. Komen Greater NYC Impact Awards Luncheon at Cipriani 42nd Street on May 18, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Debra L Rothenberg/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 01: Actress Sandra Lee attends the 2016 Daytime Emmy Awards - Arrivals at Westin Bonaventure Hotel on May 1, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.(Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 29: Sandra Lee and musician Nile Rodgers attend the We Are Family Foundation 2016 Celebration Gala on April 29, 2016 in New York, New York. (Photo by Andrew Toth/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 20: Chef Sandra Lee attends the 67th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 20, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 12: Governor Andrew Cuomo and Sandra Lee leave Mount Sinai Roosevelt Hospital on August 12, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 18: Chef Sandra Lee attends the 'Danny Collins' New York premiere at AMC Lincoln Square Theater on March 18, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
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MT KISCO, NY - MAY 25: Sandra Lee returns to her home in Mount Kisco, New York after checking out of New York City hospital on May 25, 2015. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 22: Honoree Sandra Lee speaks on stage during the 2015 Housing Works Groundbreaker Awards at Metropolitan Pavilion on April 22, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Gary Gershoff/Getty Images for Housing Works)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: Chef Sandra Lee attends the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Stewart/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 04: Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Sandra Lee and family on stage after Andrew Cuomo won re-election for a second term, at the Sheraton on November 4, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Steve Sands/Getty Images)
MT KISCO, NY - NOVEMBER 04: New York State Governor, Andrew Cuomo (R), speaks while his girlfriend, television personality Sandra Lee, looks on during the 2014 general election at the Presbyterian Church of Mount Kisco on November 4, 2014 in Mt Kisco, New York. (Photo by Kenneth Gabrielsen/Getty Images)
Sandra Lee (L) and actress Judith Light arrive to attend the Elton John AIDS Foundation's 13th Annual An Enduring Vision Benefit on October 28, 2014 in New York. AFP PHOTO/Jewel Samad (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 11: New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (L) and and his girlfriend Sandra Lee talk during memorial observances held at the site of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2014 in New York City. This year marks the 13th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people at the World Trade Center, Pentagon and on Flight 93. (Photo by Mark Lennihan-Pool/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 05: Sandra Lee attends the 'Charles James: Beyond Fashion' Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 5, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 25: TV Personality Sandra Lee attends the 2014 Variety Power Of Women: New York Luncheon at Cipriani 42nd Street on April 25, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Desiree Navarro/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 15: Sandra Lee attends the Elton John AIDS Foundation's 12th Annual An Enduring Vision Benefit at Cipriani Wall Street on October 15, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/FilmMagic)
TODAY -- Pictured: (l-r) Savannah Guthrie and Sandra Lee appear on NBC News' 'Today' show -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 22: Sandra Lee arrives at the 65th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on September 22, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 816 -- Pictured: (l-r) Sandra Lee with host Jimmy Fallon on April 10, 2013 -- (Photo by: Lloyd Bishop/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 24: TV personality Sandra Lee attends the 21st Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party at West Hollywood Park on February 24, 2013 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for EJAF)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24: Sandra Lee attends the TIME 100 Gala, TIME'S 100 Most Influential People In The World, cocktail party at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 24, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Fernando Leon/Getty Images for TIME)
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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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Speaker of the House Denis Hastert (L) administers the oath of office to Rep. Paul Ryan (R) of Wisconsin as his family looks on January 6, 1999 at the start of the 106th Congress. The oath is a recreation as the formal oath is administered to the entire congress as a body on the floor of the House. (photo by Rex Banner)
UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 12: Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., speaks at a news conference in which House Republican leaders called for Permanent Tax Relief. (Photo By Tom Williams/Roll Call/Getty Images)
KRT US NEWS STORY SLUGGED: SOCIALSECURITY-DISCUSSION KRT PHOTOGRAPH BY GEORGE BRIDGES/KRT (April 14) Conversation on Social Security between Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), shown, and William Novelli, head of AARP, April 5, 2005 (lde) 2005 (Photo by George Bridges/MCT/MCT via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - JULY 22: MEDICARE BRIEFING--Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., speaks at a Cato Institute briefing on Medicare reform in the Rayburn House Office Building. Tom Miller, director of Health Policy Studies at Cato, looks on. (Photo by Scott J. Ferrell/Congressional Quarterly/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON - SEPTEMBER 24: Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) questions Peter Orszag, director of the Congressional Budget Office, during a hearing on Capitol Hill about the impact of recent market turmoil on the federal budget on September 24, 2008 in Washington, DC. Orszag reported that while the impact is currently unknown, it is likely to be substantially less than $700 billion. (Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON - APRIL 27: House Budget Committee ranking member Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) (R) delivers an opening statement during a conference committee meeting with Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad (D-ND) (L) and House Budget Committee Chairman John Spratt (D-SC) in the U.S. Capitol April 27, 2009 in Washington, DC. House and Senate lawmakers have already struck a tentative deal on the FY2010 budget resolution and they hope to file a conference report after today's meeting. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON - MARCH 19: (L-R) U.S. House Minority Whip Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA), Rep. Dave Camp (R-MI) and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) listen during a news conference on the health care legislation March 19, 2010 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The House will vote on the Health Care Reform Legislation on Sunday, March 21. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Representative Paul Ryan, a Republican from Wisconsin and chairman of the House Budget Committee, speaks during a news conference at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, April 5, 2011. U.S. House Republicans today unveiled a plan to overhaul the federal budget and slash the deficit in coming years by about three-quarters, with a $6-trillion cut in spending and 25 percent cap on tax rates. Photographer: Joshua Roberts/Bloomberg via Getty Images
MEET THE PRESS -- Pictured: Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) left, and moderator David Gregory, right, appear on 'Meet the Press' in Washington, D.C., Sunday, April 10, 2011. (Photo by William B. Plowman/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
MILWAUKEE, WI - APRIL 01: Republican Presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R) jokes with U.S. Rep Paul Ryan (C) (R-WI) during a pancake brunch at Bluemound Gardens on April 1, 2012 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. With less than a week before the Wisconsin primary, Mitt Romney continues to campaign through the state. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 26: House Budget Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) is introduced before speaking about 'America's Enduring Promise,' and the federal budget, in a speech at Georgetown University April 26, 2012 in Washington, DC. During his speech, Ryan said that his proposed budget confronts the nation's growing $15 trillion debt before it impacts future generations of Americans. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
NORFOLK, VA - AUGUST 11: Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (L) jokes with Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) (R) after announcing him as the 'next PRESIDENT of the United States' during an event announcing him as his running mate in front of the USS Wisconsin August 11, 2012 in Norfolk, Virginia. Ryan, a seven term congressman, is Chairman of the House Budget Committee and provides a strong contrast to the Obama administration on fiscal policy. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER 14: Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., Vice Presidential candidate, waves to the crowd after addressing the Values Voter Summit at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Woodley Park. Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
NEWPORT NEWS, VA - SEPTEMBER 18: Republican vice presidential candidate, U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), pauses as he speaks during a campaign rally at Christopher Newport University September 18, 2012 in Newport News, Virginia. Ryan continued to campaign for the upcoming presidential election. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - SEPTEMBER 22: Republican vice presidential candidate, U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) hugs waitress, Lourdes Alcerro, during a campaign stop at Versailles restaurant in the Little Havana neighborhood on September 22, 2012 in Miami, Florida. Ryan continues to campaign for votes across the country. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney (R) and running-mate Paul Ryan share a laugh as they are introduced at a campaign rally September 25, 2012 at Dayton International Airport in Vandalia, Ohio. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/GettyImages)
Representative Paul Ryan, a Republican from Wisconsin, arrives at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015. Ryan said he'd be willing to run for speaker of the U.S. House if Republicans unify behind him now, end leadership crises and let him continue spending time with his family. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Representative Paul Ryan, a Republican from Wisconsin and chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, center right, walks down the steps of the U.S. Capitol building following a vote in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Friday, Oct. 9, 2015. Ryan is under heavy pressure from fellow Republicans to run for U.S. House speaker after a hard-line faction forced Speaker John Boehner to resign and his top lieutenant to drop out of the race. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Representative Paul Ryan, a Republican from Wisconsin, walks to a meeting in the basement of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015. Ryan is set to meet with a group of House conservatives Tuesday as he weighs a potential run to replace Speaker John Boehner under pressure from fellow Republicans. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Representative Paul Ryan, a Republican from Wisconsin and chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, center, talks to the media after walking out of the U.S. Capitol building following a vote in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Friday, Oct. 9, 2015. Ryan is under heavy pressure from fellow Republicans to run for U.S. House speaker after a hard-line faction forced Speaker John Boehner to resign and his top lieutenant to drop out of the race. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images
UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 20 - Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., speaks at a news conference following a House Republican meeting, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015. Ryan is stating that he will run for speaker only if he receives enough GOP support by the end of the week. (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)
US Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, Republican of Wisconsin, awaits the arrival of Israeli President Reuven Rivlin for a meeting at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, December 10, 2015. AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB / AFP / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 10: House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) holds his weekly press briefing on Capitol Hill on December 10, 2015 in Washington, D.C. Paul Ryan spoke on topics including Donald Trump and the spending bill. (Photo by Allison Shelley/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 15: Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, (R-WI) speaks during a Politico interview at the Grand Hyatt on December 15, 2015 in Washington DC. Ryan was interviewed by Politico's Chief White House Correspondent Mike Allen during a Politico Playbook Breakfast. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) (L) holds ceremonial swearing-in for Representative-elect Ralph Norman (R-SC) on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., June 26, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) speaks after Senate Republicans unveiled their version of legislation that would replace Obamacare on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., June 22, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
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Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) listens as U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with members of the Republican Congressional leadership at the White House in Washington, U.S., June 6, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
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