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09/17/2013 11:39 am ET Updated Nov 17, 2013

Julie Chen Responds To Backlash Over Her Plastic Surgery Revelation (VIDEO)

Julie Chen responded forcefully on Monday's "The Talk" to critics of her decision to get plastic surgery on her eyes.

Chen revealed last week that, after being told that her "Asian eyes" were holding her career back, she underwent a cosmetic procedure to alter them. Though she framed the decision as one brought on by workplace discrimination and rooted in her bosses' disapproval of her "Chinese" look, Chen seemed surprised that so much of the conversation about her choice was based in race.

"What was hurtful was that the hateful comments that I read where people were judging me were people within my own community," she said. "It was comments like, 'Way to give in to the Western standards of beauty!' 'You're denying your heritage!' 'You're trying to look less Asian.'"

Chen addressed those commenters directly. "Guess what?" she said. "I don't look less Chinese! I'm not fooling anybody here...this wasn't about denying my heritage."

(h/t Jezebel)

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