Transcript for Julie Chen Admits to Secret Plastic Surgery
with a surprising admission from one of the hosts of "the talk," julie chen. Revealing she had plastic surgery about 20 years ago. And why she decided to do it. Linsey davis is here with the story. Reporter: All this week, chen's co-hosts are sharing their deepest secrets. That's what prompted chen to reveal she had plastic surgery to create a crease in her eyelids that would result in her eyes appearing bigger. My secret dates back to when I was 25 years old. Reporter: Julie chen, co-host of "the talk," and "big brother," says for years she has hidden the plastic surgery to change her eyes. I want to show you a side-by-side of how dramatic this surgery really was. If you look at the after, the eyes are bigger, I look more alert. Reporter: Chen says she got the controversial surgery early in her career, after she allegedly asked her boss if she could anchor a newscast. And he said, you will never be on this anchor desk because you're chinese. Reporter: That boss and later what chen described as a big-time agent, told her her asian eyes would limit her success. He said, you look disinterested. You look bored because your eyes are so heavy. They're so small. Reporter: She says the procedure catapulted her career. Eyelid surgery is the most popular surgery for asian-americans. More than 10,000 asian-americans have the procedure done each year. This is a growing trend. I think particularly my colleagues in south korea are seeing this almost more than seven times a day. Reporter: But some say the surgeries cut even deeper, to the core of ethnic identity. Members of my family wanted to disown me. Reporter: Comments about chen's eyes aren't the only ethnic racism she's endured. Recently on "big brother," one contestant made a slur toward an asian housemate. Chen told tmz, the comments bothered her. I was offended by the anti-gay, the anti-black, but especially the anti-asian for obvious reasons. Reporter: Many weighing in, saying they don't like chen's explanation. No one is more proud of being chinese than I am. Reporter: After a lot of conversation, her parents supported her decision. And she doesn't have regrets about the surgery. It took about a year to completely heal. Then, at that point, she credits it with, quote, getting the ball rolling in her career. Lara? Linsey, thank you. She looks gorgeous. Real honest interview. Coming up on "good morning america," the contestant making
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