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Last week, Sandra Lee reportedly told Speaker of the House Paul Ryan that “I need you to go away,” refusing to allow him to parttake in a cooking segment on “Fox & Friends.” Now, she’s shared with Page Six that she detests the man.
Lee is a longtime celebrity chef and the girlfriend of New York governor, Democrat Andrew Cuomo. Here’s what she had to say about Ryan:
“At first what occurred to me is that we are both from Wisconsin. 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.”
So, when Ryan tried to join her onstage during her cooking segment, she naturally did not react well.
“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.”
While Lee may not have made a loud political statement on the air – aside from refusing to let Ryan cook any fritters – she’s making one now:
“Just because I chose not to state my opinion does not mean I do not have one. 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.”
Sandra Lee is a lot of things. She’s New York’s first girlfriend. She’s the host of Semi-Homemade Cooking on the Food Network. She’s the source of some of the campiest holiday specials to ever grace TV screens. She’s a fan of cocktails. She’s Aunt Sandy (if you’re nasty). But today–especially today–she’s my hero, because Lee’s insanely passive-aggressive interview with New York Times Magazine reporter Andrew Goldman is one of the greatest I’ve ever read.
It really is worth your time to check out Lee’s full interview on the NYT website, but here’s a taste of it, regardless:
Chester Arthur was the last president to serve a full term as a single man. People without spouses don’t get elected president anymore. When are you two getting married?
That’s a loaded question. Andrew is focused on being governor. He’s not running for president. We’re happy in the relationship the way it is. Still, I can tell you that Andrew’s kids want us to get married. It’s very sweet.
Cuomo is famously hot-tempered. People who like you have described your “bulldog determination” and “blind ambition.” I picture a lot of crockery flying around at home.
We never fight. He’s so patient and mellow. He doesn’t give me grief. Can I ask a question? Is this an interview about me or Andrew?
You. You really don’t get grief at home? I get quite a bit, but I don’t mind so much.
Well, how old are you?
I’m turning 40.
When you’re older, it’ll go away. Nonsense doesn’t matter anymore because life gets shorter. I thought you were at least my age.
You’re 45. You look fantastic for your age. Evidently I look like hell.
You’re so full of it. Don’t work me. But I look great, don’t I? Please, God, tell me I do.
I know. I know.