Julie Chen responds to surgery critics
September 17th, 2013
03:15 PM ET

Julie Chen responds to surgery critics

On Monday's "The Talk," co-host Julie Chen responded to those who've criticized her decision to have eye surgery early on in her career.

As the TV personality explained last week on the CBS daytime program, her "secret" was that she'd undergone surgery after a boss told her she wouldn't make it in the business because her eyes were too small.


Her honesty has ignited a conversation about plastic surgery, beauty ideals and ethnicity, and some of the reaction Chen expected. Some of it, though, has been particularly tough to stomach.

"I wasn't surprised that there would be haters judging me for what I did, but what was hurtful was that the hateful comments that I've read, where people were judging me, were people within my own community," Chen said. "It was comments like, 'way to give in to the Western standards of beauty,' 'you're denying your heritage, you're trying to look less Asian.'"

But, Chen argues, she still looks Chinese - "I'm not fooling anybody here," she said. "That's No. 1. No. 2, half of us Asians are born with the double eyelid. ... It wasn't denying my heritage."


When she first revealed her secret, Chen admitted that she has wondered whether she "gave into the man" by electing to surgically alter her eyes. But in the end, she said, "I don't like to live with regrets. I did it, I moved on, and no one's more proud of being Chinese than I am."

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  1. victor

    hell yeah baby! get rid of them chinky eye and look like them white womenz!

    October 16, 2013 at 9:17 pm | Report abuse |
  2. yowhatupdog

    Plus, she doesn't even know who is saying all that crap. They could just be trolls.

    October 10, 2013 at 4:51 am | Report abuse |
  3. Vinny

    I think I would have the surgery too if I looked like her. She didn't look very good. It has nothing to do with race. Nothing is fair. Many movie and TV stars have surgery. I don't see why people need to pick on her just because of her race.
    Good for her.

    October 6, 2013 at 3:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Yowhatup

      you're right. She didn't look that great. There are people with one not-so-great feature and they look wonderful. Some people can have a big nose and still look really good. Or small eyes, or whatever.

      In her case, I'm sure that's also a bad picture too.

      But, who cares, everyone wants to look better. People go to the gym, lose weight, wear nice clothes. Hey, I'm German, but I don't go around wearing traditional german outfits... because really screw germany. I'm American now.

      October 10, 2013 at 4:50 am | Report abuse |
  4. You have it Julie...Thumbs Up

    Julie brings in the ratings and has many fans in the new industry. all the best

    October 3, 2013 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Susan

    Julie is not trying too be a movie star...she is simply a professional who wants too look good on the air. she has been too the best schools and is very popular in the ratings. All the best Julie!

    October 3, 2013 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Julie Fan

    We are soooooo happy for her. She can have 10 face lifts and i will respect her forever. She has hte fan base and the support of others. Let's face who is going too listen too meaningless repeats all day long. We live a different era of women we want too look up too them and we want too admire them. all the best Julie

    October 3, 2013 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Love woman and "has it"

    Julie is fabulous and we want women too follow this direction....we do not want women following those types of women which and who i preach no too be.....We want popularity, we want greatness, we want respect. This reporter has it all and will always have it even when she is 70 years old. Some just do not have it.

    October 3, 2013 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  8. FishSticks

    She has to do what she has to do. In America being Asian is a cursed and will not get you far. I'm sure if Julie lives in Asia or country where the stigma is less, this surgery would not even cross her mind but unfortunately her former boss was right. nobody wants to see 'oriental' people on TV. It's not because people are racist it's because people tend to gravitate towards people like themselves. Since Asians are a tiny percentage in the US, the public wouldn;t care too much for Asians appearing in TV.
    You can be the smartest most talented kid in class but at best you're going to be semi succesful.. you're not going to be a CEO or fortune 500, celebrity, a movie star etc...

    October 3, 2013 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • JerryYangBro

      Uh... if you're the smartest and talented kid, you go start your own company, you tard. Like Jerry Yang.

      October 10, 2013 at 4:54 am | Report abuse |
  9. The woman does not have the popularity I have

    and never will. She will never have the fan base, the look, the heels, the personality I do, the job glam

    end of story....she is not Julie or MYSELF

    October 2, 2013 at 1:35 am | Report abuse |
  10. Not going too stop friendship.---Sorry boo

    She went too far with the hacking issue and we had too nail it....i would suggest working on less embarrassment for yourself and she needs too find something too do during the day.....she clearly does nada all day

    October 2, 2013 at 1:33 am | Report abuse |
  11. Mandy

    Reported-Your no julie chen...she is classy your not.

    October 2, 2013 at 1:29 am | Report abuse |
  12. MVC Bimbo From EP

    does not have the grace or style of Julie Chen and never will have that style....she can break a computer but she has not style and quite frankly she is embarrassing and addicted too the machine.

    October 2, 2013 at 1:27 am | Report abuse |
  13. She looks old for a 45 year old

    she is no julie chen

    October 2, 2013 at 1:25 am | Report abuse |
  14. Go Julie

    the heels get higher and the lips get darker.....you go girl and do not listen too a lazy MVC who are types that never change and are jealous of otthers who are happy and will try too ruin their happiness..NOT happening

    Let these types live in misery. we do not want too be part of them....they are of no example too women we do not want this negativity around.

    Julie is the best...

    October 2, 2013 at 1:14 am | Report abuse |
  15. Many women today have no style or grace...

    the men are stuck with them-Julie Chen my kind of girl, pretty, the smartest woman in news and a very classy lady.

    We do not want young women following a bimbo like MVC....we need more julie!

    October 2, 2013 at 1:11 am | Report abuse |
  16. She can bash all the computers she wants....

    she has no grace, no professionalism and no personality like the reporter does. We want more Julie Chen's in the world.

    we want men too feel women are making them happy. we have many men who tolerate bimbos and manipulation but the good part is most of these men are walking away and they want more Julie chen's around the

    October 2, 2013 at 1:09 am | Report abuse |

    The men want the high heels and the smarts....they do not want these nags anymore. They are moving on which is great too see. She is beautiful with or without surgery because she has the popularity and personality that most women nowadays do not have. They rely on their computers and bascially do nothing all day.

    They are go getter with their big mouths otherwise THEY NEVER CHANGE

    October 2, 2013 at 1:05 am | Report abuse |
  18. Not OUR kind

    The woman has class no matter what she looks like....men want grace and personality, they want high heels and makeup. They no longer want these plain janes who are on computers all day long basically insulting others...we don't need them they are not professionals, they are not trolls they are vicious women with problems

    October 2, 2013 at 1:03 am | Report abuse |
  19. Do No ever follow and MVC whatever you do....

    those types are vicious and jealous of others and you will never learn from any of those women other then hatred towards themselves. These type of women hate themselves, most of the time they are not popular and have too figure out a way too stand out no matter how stupid they look in front of everyone. They are an embarrassment too their mates...i don't wann too be around these women i prefer hanging around with fun women but professional women.

    You have these women who do nothing all day, no jobs, house is a mess, they are slobs and walk around judging others...you would laugh at what these women physically look like also. Total slobs.

    We want happy women...we do not wan too follow an MVC.

    October 2, 2013 at 12:56 am | Report abuse |
  20. We want women going back too the tradttional ways

    of professionalism yet can be sxual at the same time...we do not want lazy women sitting at computers all day judging others meanwhile their lives are awful and are not doing anything too fix them. MVC-nobody i know will follow that persons policies

    We want men too like women not hate them. and the reporter shows beauty, style, grace....flush these bimbos down the toilet. They are not OUR kind.

    October 2, 2013 at 12:52 am | Report abuse |
  21. The reporter above is a professional

    we want too see women like HER...we want examples given too other young women in the business. We do not want
    women like MVC giving examples of how people should act. She is not an example and she is a hacker. We want women too be like the reported above. Classy, Smarty and better suited for men, proper yet fun.

    We do not want people like and MVC guiding us too negattivity. We do not want these women around us

    October 2, 2013 at 12:48 am | Report abuse |
  22. The reporter is beautiful

    not the bimbo

    October 2, 2013 at 12:42 am | Report abuse |
  23. Bobby

    She's beautiful. Kudos to her for doing what it takes to get ahead and in the process make herself one attractive lady. I'm gay and I totally think she's gorgeous. Shame on all the haters who are so bitter that they can't do the same that they must try and cut her down because she can.

    October 2, 2013 at 12:38 am | Report abuse |
  24. BG

    She is so fake an insincere.

    September 30, 2013 at 12:05 am | Report abuse |
  25. Les MoonrevsJr

    her husband runs cbs. in any event, she looks so different. dont know how she lives with herself. shallow sell out.

    September 29, 2013 at 4:26 am | Report abuse |
  26. Diann

    She looks beautiful. Looks like she fixed her nose as well. She hasn't gone overboard and there is no reason to condemn her for doing what she felt she needed to do to be a bit more symmetric. Pretty lady.

    September 28, 2013 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  27. BJOB

    same central trace–explode-done.

    September 28, 2013 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  28. Reporter Experience

    all you have too do is scream for the story, the other reporter is tracing while reporter is screaming and print IP


    September 28, 2013 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  29. Trying to stay above the suits...

    she is famous for erasing...we trace and pull within minutes now.

    September 28, 2013 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  30. Correct.

    we retrieved everything outside and inside during 2012-2013 as was presented for the new season

    September 28, 2013 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  31. Bazinga

    Best plastic surgeon ever!

    September 28, 2013 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
  32. Ed

    You have such pretty eyes, and now we can see them better.

    September 28, 2013 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
  33. Rudy NYC

    "... ... what was hurtful was that the hateful comments that I've read, where people were judging me, were people within my own community," Chen said. "It was comments like, 'way to give in to the Western standards of beauty,' 'you're denying your heritage, you're trying to look less Asian.'"
    Such critical remarks are ignorant and hypocritical. I would point out to Chen that they are not criticizing her for wearing western style clothing. As the old saying goes, "When in Rome, do as the Romans do." Chen's audience is predominantly western. She made a decision, which has likely paid a large role in her success. She should be proud of it, not defending it.

    September 27, 2013 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
    • M.A.P.

      OMG I've never seen your posts here before! I love you on political ticker, you vs Fair is Fair is better than watching a presidential debate!

      September 27, 2013 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Story--lie

      i fking hate compulsive liars...Rudy this

      September 27, 2013 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
  34. I am not sure why he follows your path...

    you make him look stupid every waking moment of the day....his problem not ours....we feel you do it intentionally.

    September 25, 2013 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Do not page me anymore about this bimbo and her bimbettes...

    You do not have the appeal i do and i am the fking queen of the hack game and your the peasante felons....

    If he tolerates your garbage good for him....we are not....never saw them never met them...

    therefore your consider bullies and total bimbos with sh-t tek

    September 25, 2013 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  36. We just nailed you again....

    You see.....now you look stupid again--i do not want too hear about this s-xless hack...thanks

    September 25, 2013 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  37. The heels get higher and the lips get darker

    in the winter....be gone stretch pants and big sweater hacker...

    September 25, 2013 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  38. All she does is hack...

    we have "the other stuff"-- she's a bimbo

    September 25, 2013 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  39. She does not see you....

    i have said this for over a year her tek is crap......no worries-

    September 25, 2013 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Everytime you say she is the only one on ...

    that shows us you cannot see a d-m thing....there are 37 people watching you look stupid.

    you tek stinks...like your bully game that never worked.

    September 25, 2013 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Emptynest

    Hey people, it's her choice. It doesn't effect you and it makes her happy. Leave her alone!

    September 25, 2013 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  42. SKY


    September 24, 2013 at 2:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Bazinga

      No, most of the world does not want to look and be American. Maybe go to Europe and spend some time and your mind will open. South America and Africa wants to come to America. We have it pretty good where we are. No gun nuts, no crazy congress, no racism....

      September 28, 2013 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Examples

      September 28, 2013 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  43. sabbotical bologna


    September 21, 2013 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
  44. employment

    mutual agreement-not her decision

    September 21, 2013 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
  45. She actually wants too compare herself too an award winning news reporter

    she's trash

    September 21, 2013 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Julie Chen

    is a class act. she is not and she is an embarrassment too everyone. Project bust in soon sweetie, we need to confirm the bimbo from californial

    September 21, 2013 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • faboge

      so you cant get a TV job if you're Asian?

      September 21, 2013 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • You don't need too point out my comments anymore bimbo...

      Hacker trying too be smarter....mac machines she no find them and we continue too let women know this is NOT
      the path of we want bitter women like her too take

      September 21, 2013 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Yeah no

    Women will do absolutely anything thing if they think it will get them one extra nanosecond of attention from strangers.

    September 21, 2013 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Your not with Julie Chen hon..

      you were blessed with that...

      September 21, 2013 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Your not with Julie Chen hon..

      you were blessed with an emotionally unsupportive person who will say she will change and in about 20 minutes
      she will tell everyone you do not have a penis-

      September 21, 2013 at 7:32 pm | Report abuse |
  48. Muqbil

    What huge improvement. She went from not doable to doable. Hot!

    September 21, 2013 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Syndrome Zed

    This just goes to prove that Mendel was onto something with his theory that hybrids are better than purebreds – that little "tweak" of westernization that makes her look like she maybe had a Euro grandparent also makes her look *fine*. Even without makeup, she's pretty good looking.

    September 20, 2013 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  50. Will

    Now she looks like an Asian p.o.r.n. star. FY-DORRA SUCKY SUCKY???

    September 20, 2013 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  51. l. scott

    I laugh at these women discussing this and not discussing the eyebrow manipulations which all of them do, especially the Asian lady who is discussing how she wouldn't have altered her eyes. Her eyebrow alterations are huge, affect her eyes, and (you could say) take away from her Asian-ness. And there are so many other manipulations: Make-up and hair are manipulations we all do everyday that help us get ahead in this first impressions world. We don't have the same kind of time to get to know each other so we try to look our best upfront. I am fairly plain and like a little make-up to make myself look cheerier and more colourful, more alive, but I have always stayed clear of looking so different with make-up, because I am not trying to fool anybody. I like people to know me as I am. I can look amazing with a make-up artist's hand. Unfortunately, I am also allergic to most make-up, so with that and plastic surgery being unaffordable (to me) and I am also squeamish, the world will have to accept me as I am.

    September 19, 2013 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  52. Sideways...

    The guys i know would date their hand before her.

    September 19, 2013 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Syndrome Zed

      The guys you know are idiots, then...and probably have some kind of social anxiety disorder, too.

      September 20, 2013 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  53. The Truth Hurts

    Watch her fall on her face in front of the entire town....prediction 6 mo or less.

    September 19, 2013 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  54. The Truth Hurts

    I am wide-eyed with surprise that she admitted to this... And yet said nothing about the nose job and fillers...

    September 19, 2013 at 8:37 am | Report abuse |
  55. Circus Circus

    The things people do for money. Then again, look at the people involved.

    September 19, 2013 at 7:28 am | Report abuse |
  56. Big Shiz

    Before: Scary lady at the DMV.
    After: Asian porn star.

    September 18, 2013 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse |
  57. The Reverend Shal Arpton

    Did she get her coochie Americanized too, or did she leave it sideways?

    September 18, 2013 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  58. gdfella

    But she had a nose job too=====

    September 18, 2013 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  59. M.A.P.

    I know how she feels. I have to deal with hateful messages and defend myself from critics on here ALL THE TIME!

    September 18, 2013 at 6:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Peace ☮

      I.G.N.O.R.E. it MAP. 😉

      September 18, 2013 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
    • John

      The difference is M.A.P.: you're mostly obnoxious, Chen isn't.

      September 18, 2013 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • vinny

      Im with u. Map is obnoxious an is not liked.

      September 19, 2013 at 1:03 am | Report abuse |
    • @John

      The majority of the posts on here, as well as other sites, are from people who are not happy with themselves. They may think they're happy, but read and listen to what comes out their mouths and what they write. If one was really happy with themselves, they would try and overlook the wrongs that peoole do and see the good in that person. These people on here are nowhere near being happy and content with themselves or else their comments would reflex that. Talking bad about another helps them feel better about themselves.

      September 19, 2013 at 1:47 am | Report abuse |
    • M.A.P.

      @John, @vinnie – I'm I.G.N.O.R.I.N.G. your negativity. I loke life!

      September 19, 2013 at 5:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Peace50

      Women or men like an MVC are not OUR kind....they do not fit in with our positive environment of being happy.

      October 2, 2013 at 12:57 am | Report abuse |
  60. Charli

    Julie Chen is incredibly smart and she is very attractive. She is always celebrating her heritge so I think people need to stop ragging on her for being honest. She still looks asian.

    September 17, 2013 at 11:44 pm | Report abuse |
  61. jermainesbrown1973

    Why isn't anyone talking about the obvious nose job also? she got rid of that little piggy too.

    September 17, 2013 at 9:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • JusttheFacts

      Good thing she responded today with pictures and video to prove...no nose job! The transformation is really quite remarkable. Without makeup she looks totally different.

      September 17, 2013 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • We want less of these women and more professionals.

      These MVC bimbos supply nothing too the table ... they are bitter and stuck too their machines insulting others. We find them of no use too us and not OUR KIND of women. We want women like this reporter w ho is a professional and looks amazing with or without surgery. We want these negative women out of here. We don't need them they are a waste of time and just cause delays and basically sit on their big butts all day doing nothing.

      We do not want women too follow a bimbo like MVC.

      October 2, 2013 at 1:00 am | Report abuse |
  62. jermainesbrown1973

    How come nobodies talking about the obvious nose job too? She got rid of that little piggy.

    September 17, 2013 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
  63. person

    this just in............nobody cares

    September 17, 2013 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frank

      Only the people who clicked on the article care, person... oops, that's you, little feller.

      September 18, 2013 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  64. avlisk

    Before: not hot. After: hot. Best plastic surgery, ever.

    September 17, 2013 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  65. Philip

    I don't care if she was built out of spare parts, she is HAWT!

    September 17, 2013 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  66. Leigh

    This was a good move. A lot of Asian women do this and I think it really makes their eyes so pretty.

    September 17, 2013 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  67. Teach

    They are just jealous because she looks so nice. She looks really good.

    September 17, 2013 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paul Jaramillo

      The problem is that she gave in to the racism by people in TV by changing the shape of her eyes, and she also is hurting other Asian Women, and compelling them to also follow suit, or else they have no chance in American journalism. This tells Asian women that in order to succeed, you have to deny your racial heritage, in place, making them look more Caucasian. How can you possibly deny this?

      September 26, 2013 at 9:10 pm | Report abuse |

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