According to Mail Online,
An Ohio television station has issued an apology to CBS reality show host Julie Chen after she revealed that she had undergone surgery to look ‘less Asian’ in response to remarks from her then-news director.
Chen, 43, best known as the presenter of the Big Brother show, made the admission on The Talk Wednesday, describing how as a young reporter, she was told by her supervisor at WDTN-TV in Dayton that she would never be an anchor because she looked too Chinese.
The same sentiment was echoed some time later by a talent agent, who told Chen that her eyes were too small and inexpressive.
Chen’s revelations sparked an outcry online, prompting the management of WDTN to release a statement apologizing to the TV personality for the comments made by a news director at the station nearly two decades earlier.
‘We are sorry to hear about what happened to CBS’ Julie Chen in 1995 when she was a reporter at WDTN-TV,’ Joe Abouzeid, the station’s president and general manager, stated.
‘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.’