Ali Wentworth Defends Husband George Stephanopoulos After He Is Seen Without a Coronavirus Mask



But Stephanopoulos came under fire on April 20 when he was photographed by TMZ walking near his Hamptons home with a mask around his neck, days after going public with his diagnosis (and after New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's executive order to wear masks in public went into effect).

Prior to that, on April 10, Stephanopoulos' neighbor Carrie Doyle went on a rant Facebook,  accusing him of not appropriately following social distancing guidelines while shopping at a local pharmacy. She later vented to The New York Times, saying she felt Stephanopoulos was being hypocritical for urging GMA viewers to stay home and then going out himself, and not taking advantage of the pharmacy's delivery option.

"I was dismayed that he chose the option to pick up in person," Doyle told The Times. "I thought it wasn’t very thoughtful to be out and about, especially since the other customers in the pharmacy were elderly."

That didn't sit well with Wentworth, who stressed that her husband was following the guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"In a time when people are dying, people are sick, they're losing their jobs, that's how this woman decides to use her energy?" Wentworth told Williams of Doyle's Facebook message, which has since been deleted. "She went after George because he was at our local pharmacy, with a mask and gloves, doing the right protocol to pick up these antibiotics because it was turning into pneumonia. He was six feet away from everybody!"

Stephanopoulos also defended himself to the Times, saying, "I was staying home, I was self-monitoring, I never had a temperature, and I never had any of the classic symptoms. I was wearing a mask and gloves in [the pharmacy]."

Wentworth and Stephanopoulos have been married since 2001 and share two teenage daughters: Elliott Anastasia, 17, and Harper Andrea, 14.

On Wendy, Wentworth says she's hoping her girls go all out on Mother's Day this Sunday.

"[My days have been]cook, clean, vacuum, laundry, repeat — over and over again," she said. "If I don't have the best Mother's Day in the history of Mother's Days, the kids are on their own. I'm dropping them off in the woods."

The Wendy Williams Show airs weekdays in syndication (check local listings).

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