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September 12, 2013 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Julie Chen of "The Talk" shared a big secret Wednesday on the show: She had plastic surgery done on her eyes in the hope of advancing her career. The reason? She'd been told she'd never make the anchor desk in Dayton, Ohio, because she was Chinese. Then a top-notch agent in no uncertain terms told her basically the same thing - she needed to Westernize her look. "He said, 'I cannot represent you unless you get plastic surgery to make your eyes look bigger.' ... and I did it," Chen revealed during what has been a week of the show's hosts each unveiling a major secret from her past.
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December 12, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Julie Chen and Sharon Osborne went on Howard Stern's satellite radio show on Wednesday to discuss their CBS morning show, "The Talk. " But things soon turned to the prospect that "The Talk," which has been on the air since only 2010, would soon surpass its ABC forerunner, "The View," in the ratings. And that naturally prompted Stern to ask Chen and Osborne point-blank if it was a mistake for "The View" to have hired Jenny McCarthy as a panelist. Chen surprisingly answered yes. But then she went on to explain her thinking.
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July 9, 2013 | By Greg Braxton
Julie Chen, host of CBS' controversial "Big Brother," has finally spoken out against the furor that has erupted around homophobic and racist remarks from two contestants, Aaryn Gries and GinaMarie Zimmerman. On the reality show, which puts several contestants inside a house totally isolated from the outside world, Gries told an Asian American contestant to "go make some rice. " Zimmerman, who had worked as a beauty-pageant contestant, used the N-word in criticism of welfare. Both comments originally aired on the show's online live stream, and were broadcast during Sunday's installment.
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September 21, 2013 | By Greg Braxton
With the curtain drawn on the most controversial edition of CBS' reality show "Big Brother," cast member Aaryn Gries, whose ethnic and homophobic slurs made national headlines, is bracing herself to face a new reality - that many people feel she's a racist. But the 23-year-old college student from San Marcos, Texas, who was unaware of the tempest her remarks created until emerging from the show's imposed isolation earlier this week, is determined to reverse that perception. "I'm trying to show that I'm remorseful, and I hope that comes across because I really do feel very bad," she said in an interview with The Times.
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December 12, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Julie Chen and Sharon Osborne went on Howard Stern's satellite radio show on Wednesday to discuss their CBS morning show, "The Talk. " But things soon turned to the prospect that "The Talk," which has been on the air since only 2010, would soon surpass its ABC forerunner, "The View," in the ratings. And that naturally prompted Stern to ask Chen and Osborne point-blank if it was a mistake for "The View" to have hired Jenny McCarthy as a panelist. Chen surprisingly answered yes. But then she went on to explain her thinking.
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September 3, 2013 | By Greg Braxton, Los Angeles Times
"Big Brother" contestant Aaryn Gries, whose racial and homophobic slurs have sparked a firestorm - and high ratings - for the CBS reality show, has at least one ally - her mother. Just days after Gries was evicted from the "Big Brother" house, Elizabeth Owens is speaking out in a statement to The Times, chastising her daughter but declaring that the remarks are not reflective of Gries' upbringing or her true character. "While I love and continue to support my daughter Aaryn, words cannot describe my disappointment in some of her comments made on 'Big Brother,'" Owens wrote.
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December 31, 2004 | From Associated Press
CBS honcho Leslie Moonves and his bride, "The Early Show" anchor Julie Chen, are enjoying a Mexican honeymoon after getting married last week. They were married at sunset Dec. 23 at a private home in Mexico. Moonves, 55, has guided CBS to the top of the ratings and was rewarded this year with the co-presidency of Viacom, the network's corporate parent. He was divorced this month from his first wife, Nancy, after 24 years of marriage. Chen is 34.
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July 19, 2013 | By Greg Braxton
"Big Brother" houseguest Candice Stewart could be playing a very crafty game against her fellow houseguests who have made racist comments about her. Or not. Stewart, who is black, was moved to tears during last Sunday's episode when she was teased during a racially charged confrontation with two white houseguests, Aaryn Gries and GinaMarie Zimmerman. Gries had flipped Stewart's mattress off the bed and mocked her with a stereotypical black female accent, while Zimmerman got in Stewart's face, daring her to respond.
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July 15, 2013 | By Greg Braxton
The sequestered houseguests on CBS' "Big Brother" are totally unaware of the furor over Saturday's acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. But CBS isn't. In an apparent attempt to reassure viewers, the network further distanced itself from the racially charged comments of some of the show's contestants, taking the unusual step of airing a disclaimer before the latest episode. " 'Big Brother' is a reality show about a group of people who have no privacy 24/7," the printed disclaimer said.
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September 21, 2013 | By Greg Braxton
With the curtain drawn on the most controversial edition of CBS' reality show "Big Brother," cast member Aaryn Gries, whose ethnic and homophobic slurs made national headlines, is bracing herself to face a new reality - that many people feel she's a racist. But the 23-year-old college student from San Marcos, Texas, who was unaware of the tempest her remarks created until emerging from the show's imposed isolation earlier this week, is determined to reverse that perception. "I'm trying to show that I'm remorseful, and I hope that comes across because I really do feel very bad," she said in an interview with The Times.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 12, 2013 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Julie Chen of "The Talk" shared a big secret Wednesday on the show: She had plastic surgery done on her eyes in the hope of advancing her career. The reason? She'd been told she'd never make the anchor desk in Dayton, Ohio, because she was Chinese. Then a top-notch agent in no uncertain terms told her basically the same thing - she needed to Westernize her look. "He said, 'I cannot represent you unless you get plastic surgery to make your eyes look bigger.' ... and I did it," Chen revealed during what has been a week of the show's hosts each unveiling a major secret from her past.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 3, 2013 | By Greg Braxton, Los Angeles Times
"Big Brother" contestant Aaryn Gries, whose racial and homophobic slurs have sparked a firestorm - and high ratings - for the CBS reality show, has at least one ally - her mother. Just days after Gries was evicted from the "Big Brother" house, Elizabeth Owens is speaking out in a statement to The Times, chastising her daughter but declaring that the remarks are not reflective of Gries' upbringing or her true character. "While I love and continue to support my daughter Aaryn, words cannot describe my disappointment in some of her comments made on 'Big Brother,'" Owens wrote.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 19, 2013 | By Greg Braxton
"Big Brother" houseguest Candice Stewart could be playing a very crafty game against her fellow houseguests who have made racist comments about her. Or not. Stewart, who is black, was moved to tears during last Sunday's episode when she was teased during a racially charged confrontation with two white houseguests, Aaryn Gries and GinaMarie Zimmerman. Gries had flipped Stewart's mattress off the bed and mocked her with a stereotypical black female accent, while Zimmerman got in Stewart's face, daring her to respond.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 15, 2013 | By Greg Braxton
The sequestered houseguests on CBS' "Big Brother" are totally unaware of the furor over Saturday's acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. But CBS isn't. In an apparent attempt to reassure viewers, the network further distanced itself from the racially charged comments of some of the show's contestants, taking the unusual step of airing a disclaimer before the latest episode. " 'Big Brother' is a reality show about a group of people who have no privacy 24/7," the printed disclaimer said.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 9, 2013 | By Greg Braxton
Julie Chen, host of CBS' controversial "Big Brother," has finally spoken out against the furor that has erupted around homophobic and racist remarks from two contestants, Aaryn Gries and GinaMarie Zimmerman. On the reality show, which puts several contestants inside a house totally isolated from the outside world, Gries told an Asian American contestant to "go make some rice. " Zimmerman, who had worked as a beauty-pageant contestant, used the N-word in criticism of welfare. Both comments originally aired on the show's online live stream, and were broadcast during Sunday's installment.
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June 17, 2010 | By Randee Dawn, Special to the Los Angeles Times
When done right, reality show hosts blend into the background: They must move the episode along, point out the rules, emphasize high points while smoothing over the low points … and never think they're the stars of the show. Their prize at the end of the season? A possible Emmy nomination. Here are four likely contenders who let us know what it's like doing this kind of job. Tom Bergeron "Dancing With the Stars" (ABC) What's one quality a good host must have?
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June 17, 2010 | By Randee Dawn, Special to the Los Angeles Times
When done right, reality show hosts blend into the background: They must move the episode along, point out the rules, emphasize high points while smoothing over the low points … and never think they're the stars of the show. Their prize at the end of the season? A possible Emmy nomination. Here are four likely contenders who let us know what it's like doing this kind of job. Tom Bergeron "Dancing With the Stars" (ABC) What's one quality a good host must have?
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December 5, 2007 | Matea Gold
CBS News on Tuesday named former KABC-TV Channel 7 anchor Maggie Rodriguez the new co-anchor of "The Early Show," a week after announcing Hannah Storm was leaving the morning program for a still-to-be-determined role in the news division. Rodriguez, who has co-anchored "The Saturday Early Show" since June, will join Harry Smith and Julie Chen on the weekday show Jan. 7. Storm's last day on the program has not yet been decided. -- Matea Gold
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December 31, 2004 | From Associated Press
CBS honcho Leslie Moonves and his bride, "The Early Show" anchor Julie Chen, are enjoying a Mexican honeymoon after getting married last week. They were married at sunset Dec. 23 at a private home in Mexico. Moonves, 55, has guided CBS to the top of the ratings and was rewarded this year with the co-presidency of Viacom, the network's corporate parent. He was divorced this month from his first wife, Nancy, after 24 years of marriage. Chen is 34.
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