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TODAY   |  September 13, 2013

Julie Chen: Racist comments led me to have plastic surgery

The CBS host revealed that after she was told she would never set at an anchor desk because of her “Asian eyes,” she underwent plastic surgery to enlarge her eyes and diminish her Asian features. Chen told all on “The Talk,” detailing her insecurities and her ambitions as a journalist.

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>> at a local station in dayton, ohio and asked for a promotion to the anchor desk and was shocked by his response.

>> and she said, you will never be on this anchor desk because you're chinese. and he said on top of that, because of your heritage, because of your asian eyes , sometimes i've noticed when you're on camera and you're interviewing someone you look disinterested. you look bored because your eyes are so heavy, they're so small.

>> well, chen called the comments racist but she opted to have the surgery after figuring her looks might stall her career. she then showed this before and after picture and it is just striking to see that. just talking about that this morning.

>> we all have news director horror stories but that is just beyond.

>> that's despicable.

>> that takes the prize.

>> plus women i think face