Ohio television station apologizes to Julie Chen

10:24 PM, Sep 13, 2013   |    comments
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By Arienne Thompson, USA Today

The Dayton, Ohio television station that The Talkco-host Julie Chen accused of making racist comments about her appearance has issued an apology.

Chen, who worked at the station in the '90s, says she underwent plastic surgery to look more "western" after the news director there at the time told her she'd never anchor a broadcast because she's Asian.

"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 president and general manager said in a statement obtained by The Dayton Daily News. "The station was under different management and ownership during that time. At WDTN ... we don't tolerate racism or discrimination of any kind."

Chen's revelation on Wednesday has drawn widespread reaction and received major news coverage this week.

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