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"Fox & Friends" Host Refused To Allow Paul Ryan On Show - Here's Why

Popular cooking show host Sandra Lee is opening up about rumors that she refused to let House Speaker Paul Ryan appear with her on a 'Fox & Friends' cooking segment last week.

Reports surfaced last week that the Food Network personality told Ryan and producers that she would not allow the Speaker to appear on a segment with her.

"I need you go to away so I can collect my thoughts, prepare and get ready for the segment," she is reported to have said at the time.

Lee says she has decided to talk with the media given the huge controversy she created for her refusal to allow Ryan on her segment.

"At first what occurred to me is that we are both from Wisconsin," Lee explained in an interview. "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."

Lee has become a favorite of the public with the soaring ratings of her show "Semi-Homemade Cooking" on the Food Network. She noted she was very “surprised about the reaction" her decision to not work with Ryan received. She mentioned she hadn't been very outspoken on politics in the past for the major reaction to her comments.

"Just because I chose not to state my opinion does not mean I do not have one," Lee pointed out. "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."

Of note, Speaker Ryan has not commented on the incident.

Of interest, Lee recently announced that she is fully recovered from a long battle with breast cancer, and is ready to resume a full schedule of cooking- and production-related activities. Lee was diagnosed with aggressive breast cancer back in March of 2015, and after earlier procedures did not stop the spread of the disease, ended up deciding on a double mastectomy in May of last year.

Source: AOL
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