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THE TALK Secrets Revealed: Julie Chen Had Eye Surgery To Look Less Asian To Attain Goals In Broadcasting!

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On the  season four premiere of The Talk, the ladies of the panel have been each taking turns sharing a very personal secret that has never before been told publicly or to each other.

On yesterday’s episode, Julie Chen revealed she had surgery on her eyes years ago after a local news director in Dayton Ohio, where she was at the beginnings of her news career as a field reporter and had made known she would like to be a news anchor, told her she looked bored during interviews, and a talent agent advised that without opening her eyes, she would never make it to a big market. This caused controversy in her family particularly since Julie is very proud of her Chinese heritage.

Listen to the heartbreaking tale of Julie’s difficult decision to try to move forward in her chosen profession to attain her goals where she faced significant racism and remarks due to her race.

Watch Julie reveal her secret on her eye surgery after the jump, and then let us know how you feel about her story!

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Lchan
Lchan

Forget about the eyes. Look at how much surgery she had on her nose

Marion
Marion

my thoughts exactly Lchan, that nose is only about half its original size

Anne
Anne

Michael

Please don’t write about these awful talk shows. We don’t care.

Lisa
Lisa

Excuse me, check the ratings. I care and plenty of people obviously DO care. The Talk has built a loyal audience that is growing steadily, little by little. I like Julie Chen, enjoy the show very much, and look forward to watching it each day. It’s a harmless, fun show that puts a smile on my face, and I appreciate this theme for the first week of their new season. If you don’t like/watch it, that’s fine, but don’t ruin it for the rest of us who do. You soap fans are NOT so far above everyone else. Yeah, stick your nose up. Grow up already! I suggest that you check the ratings for the different daytime talk shows. Obviously, many many people DO care.

This is my major gripe with so many crazy soap fans. Geez, a person can’t like/watch a soap as well as a couple of talk shows? Don’t you dare tell me what I should or should not care about, thank you very much.

Mary SF
Mary SF

Lisa– I don’t think soap fans think we are above talk shows. The sad truth is many of our beloved soaps were cancelled by networks and replaced by talk shows. If networks hadn’t done that, the black lash against talk shows by soaps fans would not exist. If talk shows get as many or more eyeballs watching them that sends a message to networks that they can do away with soaps altogether. So If you sense hostility toward talk shows by soap fans I think it is for that reason. They are threatening the existing four soaps.
In the old days networks has room for both genre and game shows and cooking shows for daytime, but as talk shows have become the genre of choice for daytime many soap fans will not support them because they are defending their soap.
We do realize talk shows have their fans, and if this was a website for talk shows this item would make sense, but to place it on soap site, knowing the animosity some soap fans have toward talk shows because they replaced their soaps, is just asking for comments like the one posted.
As human beings we should deeply care when individuals feel it necessary to alter their appearance in order to have a equal shot at a life many of us take for granted. I don’t think Anne was saying she doesn’t care about that issue, just as a soap fan visiting a soap site she doesn’t care to read about talk shows, which as for reasons I stated are seen as the enemy to the soaps.
I hope you understand that and realize it isn’t so much a slam against talk as it is our way of defending and trying to keep the four remaining soaps on air.

Kate
Kate

I agree. Stop the talk about The Talk.

brian
brian

So sad… she should have slapped that talent agent…then tried for a career in Canada…
we have many successful news broadcastors of many races.

aria
aria

wow she looks totally different, either way she is beautiful and its sad she was so discriminated agianst .

Anne
Anne

Discrimination is unacceptable, but things worked out well for her. She’s married to the President of CBS and she has a highly paid job which requires her to do nothing to engage in mindless patter.

Mo
Mo

Her eyes do look better after. She looks more trustworthy after. It also looks like she had some nose work done.

bc
bc

Talk abt brutal honesty! Tired tv show “the view” could only dream of topping that revelation! It’s completely not surprising though for julie chen to be told she’s not “relatable” enough bec of her Asian american features and heitage and she must conform to white standards of physical appearance for her career to prosper. This is something being told implicitly and explicitly to racial minorities by “tolerant” and “progressive” hollywood. Asian american actors and actresses and public personalities who are part white get more opportunities bec their looks conform more to Anglo features. It’s the same thing for other racial minorities. Why’d you think beyonce and jennifer lopez are called “most beautiful” women by entertainment press? Bec they’re light skinned and have blonde hair weaves and extensions. Bec they have more aquiline noses and comply to white standards of beauty. Actress viola davis is beautiful but she’d never be considered by entertainment press as the pinnacle of beauty bec she’s dark skinned and does not have an aquiline nose and even dares to show up to red carpets w/ her natural hair! It’s same thing for audience. It’s really horrid how films and tv shows expect racial minority audience to relate to white chars who are majority leading chars bec storylines must be told from a white char’s perspective. Yet whenever it’s a racial minority as the lead then it’s a “niche storyline” bec white audience won’t want to relate to a person of color. And thus that racial minority public figure must conform to white standards of physical appearance by getting plastic surgery like julie chen! Tv shows and movies from hollywood love to scream abt tolerance yet racism is alive and well thanks largely to them.

Jared
Jared

What a beautiful lady!

JustSaying
JustSaying

Wow. Discrimination in the news media. I’m shocked. I’m really shocked. Shame on you Ohio. Shame, shame, shame.

Seriously, I’m not surprised. Work discrimination happens everywhere. All she needed to do is change her makeup and she would have been fine.

mario soriano
mario soriano

I love the talk. julie chen is beautiful. I’m so happy that the talk is a big hit. i watch it every day.

Robet
Robet

It’s sad she felt she had to do that because she was beautiful before. However, she needs a refund as she is still a beautiful Asian woman who unfortunately had WAY TOO much plastic surgery!

kevin tredway
kevin tredway

All of you ladies on the Talk are BEAUTIFUL I’m so proud of all of you for bringing out your secrets. And believe me I know what I’m talking about you see I had a stroke 3 years ago which was just following up a heart valve replacementto make a long story
short I now have 2 cow valves, yes cow! in my heart and I’ve been code blue or dead 3 times ,but Julie whom ever made you painted you with a golden paint brush,( your beautiful) and I’m glad you ladies have your show it has gotten me through some tough times yall stay the way you areyour all so sweet and honest.

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Eric Martsolf Talks Brady Being Duped & His Co-Stars; Galen Gering & Camila Banus Chat Hernandez Siblings On ‘Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast’

On the latest episode of the Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast, Eric Martsolf (Brady Black) chats with host. Michael Fairman as Brady’s story hits a major turning point!  As DAYS fans know, Brady recently hit the sheets with “Nicole” who was Kristen in disguise.

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During the podcast conversation, Eric explains how he has to sometimes suspend belief to make stories work in daytime which included Brady not figuring out that “Nicole” was Kristen, although it certainly re-ignited his thoughts of her!  Plus, he chimes in on the fun he has had working with his co-stars: Arianne Zucker (“Nicole”) and Stacy Haiduk (Kristen/Susan) in their many scenes

Later, Eric tries to remember all of the loves of Brady’s life that crashed and burned, and is posed the question, “What would he think if Days of our Lives SORAS’d Brady’s son, Tate, to an 18-year-old?

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Then, the podcast goes behind the scenes for a dressing room segment where Galen Gering (Rafe) welcomes his on-screen sister, Camila Banus (Gabi).  The two banter about their on-screen and off-screen relationship as brother/sister and friends, and how much they value one another as they create the Hernandez sibling dynamic.

To download the episode via iTunes click here.   To listen to the podcast via NBC.com/Inside Salem click here.

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So, what do you think Brady should do now after the mess he finds himself in due to Kristen’s manipulations? Comment below.

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DWTS Host, Tom Bergeron Not Happy With “Divisive” Casting Choices Aimed At Sean Spicer

Controversy already erupted upon the announcement on Wednesday of the cast of the new season of Dancing with the Stars.  Most intriguing is that a statement from the longtime ABC series, host, Tom Bergeron revealed his hopes to the producers that their celebrity casting choices would be non-political in nature, especially after the ballroom dance competition had been on a year hiatus from the small screens.

Following the celebrity contestant reveal, which included former White House Press Secretary. Sean Spicer (who worked for President Donald Trump), the host released a statement via his Twitter account.  In it, Bergeron noted that he’d had lunch with the show’s new executive producer and had suggested some ideas for the show. Chief among them was that DWTS should avoid casting someone with “ANY party affiliations.”  When he left that lunch, Bergeron says he was convinced that would be the case.

Bergeron expressed: “It was my hope that ‘DWTS,’ in its return from an unprecedented year-long hiatus, would be a joyful respite from our exhausting political climate and free of inevitably divisive bookings from ANY party affiliations.”  Then he said, “Subsequently (and rather obviously) a decision was made to, as they often say in Hollywood, “go in a different direction”.  He went on to say, “It is the prerogative of producers, in partnership with the network, to make whatever decisions they feel are in the best long term interests of the franchise. We can agree to disagree, as we do now, but ultimately it’s their call. I’ll leave it to them to answer any further questions about those decisions.”

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DWTS new EP Andrew Llinares, then said in a statement. “We’ve got a great and diverse cast. We are excited about the season,”

You can see Bergeron’s tweet in full below.

So, what do you think of Bergeron’s hopes for the casting choices of DTWS?  Would you have preferred Sean Spicer to be cut from the cast?  Who would you have liked to have seen cast on the series? Would you want any celeb you like to even go on it any more? Comment below.

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Dancing with the Stars Season 28 Cast Revealed: From The Bachelorette’s Hannah Brown to Ex-White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer

This morning on ABC’s Good Morning America the celebrity line-up was announced for the upcoming fall season and 28th edition of Dancing with the Stars.  Within the list of competitors are: The Bachelorette, Hannah Brown, former Dawson’s Creek star, James Van Der Beek, and even disgraced White House Press Secretary, Sean Spicer, and the “Uptown Girl” herself, supermodel Christie Brinkley 

In addition to the above celebs, showing their best ballroom dance moves will also be: Queer Eye‘s Karamo Brown, The Office‘s Kate Flannery and Kenan & Kel‘s Kel Mitchell, plus The Supremes’ Mary Wilson, Fifth Harmony’s Ally Brooke, and American Idol Season 10 runner-up  and now country/pop star, Lauren Alaina.

As for the former pro athletes in the cast; those slots belong to: former NFL linebacker of the Baltimore Ravens, Ray Lewis, and former NBA player (and former hubby to Khloe Kardashian) Lamar Odom.

On the pro dancer side, this season will mark the return of Peta Murgatroyd who last competed three seasons ago, as well as newcomers Daniella Karagach and Pasha Pashkov. In addition, the cast will include the steps of: Brandon Armstrong, Lindsay Arnold, Alan Bersten, Cheryl Burke, Witney Carson, Val Chmerkovskiy, Sasha Farber, Jenna Johnson, Keo Motsepe, Gleb Savchenko and Emma Slater.

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This season viewers will not learn of the celebrity/pro pairings till the night of the premiere.

All the moves kick-off on Monday night, September 26th at 8PMEST/7PMCST on ABC.

So, what do you think of the new cast of DWTS? Who do you think on paper stands the best chance of being a top contender for the Mirror Ball Trophy? Weigh-in below.

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