"The Talk" host Julie Chen had recently revealed that she had plastic surgery done on her face.
The week of revelations for "The Talk" showcased secrets and things that each host kept private to them. Wednesday, on the show, Julie Chen revealed that she had plastic surgery in order to make her dreams come true of being a new anchor.
Talk show host Julie Chen
The talk show host had revealed that:
"My secret dates back to - my heart is racing - it dates back to when I was 25 years old and I was working as a local news reporter in Dayton, Ohio"
The host continued with her story:
"So, I asked my news director ... over the holidays if anchors want to take vacations, could I fill in? And he said, 'You will never be on this anchor desk, because you're Chinese.' He said 'Let's face it Julie, how relatable are you to our community? How big of an Asian community do we have in Dayton? On top of that because of your Asian eyes, I've noticed that when you're on camera, you look disinterested and bored.'"So, what am I supposed to say to my boss? I wanted to cry right then and there. It felt like a dagger in my heart, because all of my life I wanted to be a network anchor,"
The television host said that she had had a hard time growing up when kids at school would tease her, making jests such as "Ching Chong" when she would take the bus to school. Chen had said that "It was racism".
Before the major change that took place with Chen, she made the following decision to consult career advice agents, "
"So I started recording my newscasts every day and all I could see was my eyes, and I'd ask myself, 'Does he have a point?' I'd always ask myself, 'Do I look bored?' So I started meeting with agents for career advice, and this one big-time agent basically told me the same thing. He had the biggest names in the business. And he told me the same thing. He said, 'I cannot represent you unless you get plastic surgery to make your eyes look better.' He then whips out a list of plastic surgeons who have done this procedure."
She had asked her mother about what to do and if she should push through with it. Her mother had said that they would have to ask her father.
"So, this divided my family. Eventually, my mom said, 'You wouldn't have brought this up to me unless this was something that you wanted to do.' And they told me that they'd support me, and they'd pay for it, and that they'd be there for me."
After the procedure, Julie Chen had started to make a name for herself as a news anchor and finally a host on "The Talk".
"I have to live with every decision that I've made, and it got me to where we are today. And I'm not going to look back" said Chen. Her co-hosts were very much supportive about her decision made her feel good about what she had done.
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