Julie Chen Had Surgery to Fix the Fact That She's Chinese

As a 25-year-old working at Dayton, Ohio's WDTN-TV in 1995, Julie Chen wanted to anchor the news on air. BUT FIRST, she had to look less Chinese and more white, according to both her boss and her agent. And so, as she revealed on yesterday's episode of The Talk, she got plastic surgery all over her face. See above.


"And after I had it done, the ball did roll for me," she said on the show. In 1999, Chen became an anchor for CBS Morning News, and then in 2000, she landed her current gig of hosting Big Brother. It's also rumored that that's when she started dating her future husband and current CBS CEO Les Moonves, whom she married in 2004. Chen didn't specify whether her Westernized face got the ball rolling on that relationship, as well.

"If you look at the after [picture], the eyes are bigger, I look more alert...more expressive," said the woman known as Chenbot.

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Wednesday on The Talk, Julie Chen proved that she's not so different from the numerous women in South Korea famous for trying to "Americanize" their faces when she revealed that, early on in her career, she got plastic surgery to make her look less Asian.


Chen said that when she was working at WDTN-TV in the '90s, she was told by her boss "you will never be on this anchor desk because you're Chinese." (Cool thought bro! Just wait for the lawsuit.) Desperate to get another job, Chen met with an agent who told her, "I cannot represent you unless you get plastic surgery to make your eyes look bigger." So she did it.

Here's Chen's Before and After:

"If you look at the After, the eyes are bigger, I look more alert...more expressive," says Chen. "I will say, after I had that done, the ball did roll for me. Which I struggle with, you know, wow. Did I give in to 'the man' and do this?"


Chen's co-anchor Sheryl Underwood was quick to make it clear to Chen that she "didn't give in to 'the man.' Because you didn't know about giving in to 'the man'", implying that Chen couldn't truly know about racial pressures because she's not black. (Chen responded, "Fair enough!") "You didn't do that. You made a choice that was good for you and you have represented people, you've represented your race, you've represented women and your colleagues. Don't look back."

Sharon Osbourne, the queen of plastic surgery, agreed. When Chen first described getting the surgery, Osbourne exclaimed "Fabulous!" like she had discovered there was a sale on purple eye shadow at Sephora. Later she added, "I think it was the right thing to do."

Only Sara Gilbert showed any real indication that Chen's choice might not have been the best thing ever. "I think you were beautiful before, you are beautiful now and it's really whatever makes you happy."



Fair enough!

[Gossip Cop]

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