Leaders at Dayton, Ohio news station WDTN have apologized after Julie Chen’s comments on The Talk last week. Chen had shared she had plastic surgery when she was 25 following her then-boss’ comments.
“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 to the Dayton Daily News. “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.”
Last week, Chen explained that her then-manager said to her, “‘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, sometimes I’ve noticed that when you’re on camera and you’re interviewing someone, you look disinterested. You look bored.’”
She explained that some big-time agents also told her the same thing. Recalling the experience, Chen shared that she still struggled with the decision to have the surgery. “I sometimes wonder. But I will say after I had that done, everything kind of, the ball did roll for me. I struggle with, ‘Wow. Did I give in to the man in doing this?”