TV Station Apologizes to Julie Chen for Its Role in Her 'Asian Eyes' Story THR
A television station in Ohio has apologized to "The Talk" co-host Julie Chen, who recently revealed that she had surgery on her eyes early in her career, The Hollywood Reporter's Live Feed reports.
Chen's recounting of her story indicated that the surgery was prompted in part by a news director at the station who told Chen her appearance would get in the way of opportunities at the station. As previously reported, Chen said on "The Talk" that the news director of the Dayton, Ohio, station told her she would never be on the anchor desk because of her "Asian eyes."
Chen said she later had plastic surgery to make her eyes look bigger.
"We are sorry to hear about what happened to CBS' Julie Chen in 1995 when she was a reporter at WDTN-TV," Joe Abouzeid, WDTN and WBDT president and general manager, said in a statement. "The station was under different management and ownership during that time. At WDTN and WBDT, we don’t tolerate racism or discrimination of any kind."