Celebrity chef Sandra Lee struggled to complete a cooking segment on Fox News Channel because the presence of guest Paul Ryan left her “shaking.”
The Food Network star refused to let the House Speaker join her on cooking demonstration on “Fox & Friends” last week, reportedly telling Ryan, “I need you to go away” according to Page Six.
— Page Six (@PageSix) May 10, 2017
Lee, the longtime girlfriend of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, later told the publication she simply cannot “stomach” Ryan.
“We are both from Wisconsin … he is the one thing from Wisconsin that I cannot tolerate or stomach” https://t.co/yjICqTOMjy
— New York Post (@nypost) May 16, 2017
“At first what occurred to me is that we are both from Wisconsin,” she said.
“And I realized he is the one thing from Wisconsin that I cannot tolerate or stomach,” Lee added. “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.”
Lee’s appearance on the Fox News morning program was to follow an interview with Ryan. She was reportedly not happy about the GOP lawmaker remaining on the set for her “Cooking With Friends” segment with the show hosts Steve Doocy, Ainsley Earhardt and Brian Kilmeade.
“Paul Ryan was on the segment before Sandra, and the hosts asked him to hang around for Sandra’s cooking feature to try the food. But in the break before her demo, she said to Ryan and some others there, ‘I need you to go away so I can collect my thoughts, prepare, and get ready for the segment,” a source told Page Six.
“Sandra wasn’t even comfortable with having Paul Ryan on the same stage as her during the commercial break, never mind on air,” the source continued. “It was very frosty. She simply does not believe in anything Ryan believes in.”
Apparently the chef and author, like her fellow Democrats, could not let professionalism rule the moment and had an emotional reaction to the mere presence of someone who disagrees with her politically.
“I have been really surprised about the reaction,” she told Page Six at the Breast Cancer Research Foundation’s Hot Pink Party last week.
“I think it is because I have never stated my opinion. Just because I chose not to state my opinion does not mean I do not have one,” Lee, a breast cancer survivor herself, said. “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.”
While some Twitter users defended Lee’s right to voice her opinion, many others thought her behavior reeked of immaturity.
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@PageSix How unprofessional.
— Cynthia Troendle (@Cyntroe) May 10, 2017
— Maria Castellano (@mariarose54) May 10, 2017
— Son of a Plumber!! (@watdawg1) May 10, 2017
— ImpchTrmp (@ImpchTrmp) May 10, 2017
— ANGELICA (@angie600) May 10, 2017
— T (@tcsorr) May 10, 2017
@PageSix I don’t care for Paul Ryan but -Wow- surprised that Sandra Lee is such an immature brat ? very unprofessional
— NoDramaMama (@its_allrightnow) May 10, 2017
@PageSix I guess she didn’t learn anything from the pope about loving your neighbors. I would bet it didn’t ruin ryan’s day.
— saint louis (@stlwf) May 10, 2017
@nypost And her lack of graciousness is something that says more about her than about Ryan. Goodness, where has basic kindness gone?
— ValND (@NDisGreat) May 16, 2017
@ImpchTrmp @PageSix She was publicly rude, to a high ranking politico who just happens to be of the opposite party of her boyfriend. That was unprofessional.
— Cynthia Troendle (@Cyntroe) May 10, 2017
@PageSix If she can’t be professional enough to actually do her job, maybe she shouldn’t have it.
— Big Mama (@BigMama279) May 16, 2017
— Xfingas (@Xfingas) May 10, 2017
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