Can I say "Are you kidding me" here?
Yes, you can replace "you've got to be kidding me" with "are you kidding me" in this case. Both of these sentences express surprise or disbelief towards something. The only difference between these two expressions is that "you've got to be kidding me" is a statement while "are you kidding me" is a question, however, it is a question that does not require an answer. Thus, it is okay to use them interchangeably in most situations.
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