Gov. Cuomo's Girlfriend Refused to Let Paul Ryan on Fox News Cooking Segment

'I need you to go away'

Janice Dean, left, Ainsley Earhardt, center, and Sandra Lee / Twitter
May 10, 2017

New York Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo's longtime girlfriend, Sandra Lee, refused to let House Speaker Paul Ryan (R., Wis.) join her Fox News cooking segment on Tuesday, reportedly telling him, "I need you to go away."

Lee, a Democrat and celebrity chef, was unhappy to learn Ryan would be staying on "Fox & Friends" after an interview to taste her Mother's Day menu of coffee cake, chocolate cupcakes, and chocolate-covered bacon, Page Six reported.

Cuomo's longtime girlfriend did not hide her feelings about Ryan.

"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," a source told Page Six. "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."

Lee was even uncomfortable having Ryan on the same stage with her during the commercial break.

"It was very frosty. She simply does not believe in anything Ryan believes in," the source said.

Ryan remained off-camera during the segment in which show hosts Steve Doocy, Ainsley Earhardt, and Brian Kilmeade sampled Lee's menu.

Another source claimed that Doocy brought the House Speaker to the kitchen to sample Lee's cooking, "and Sandra looked annoyed. She made a dismissive remark and looked away."

Lee, Ryan, and Fox News did not respond to Page Six's requests for comment.