More significantly though, “but first” is essentially what Chen heard at every turn as she embarked on a career in television news.
Yes, you can be an assignment reporter, but first you have to do it at half the salary. OK, maybe we’ll let you slide in here but don’t expect to be treated equally to the others,'” Chen told Buzz Feed News while seated at a table in her dressing room at The Talk. She’s the wisest, most level-headed person I know.”Education was always of utmost importance in the Chen household — both formal and informal, which meant that the nightly news was a constant in her life from a young age.
The Talk, which features a panel of hosts, discussing controversial maternal topics and current news, premiered in October, 2010 with co-hosts: creator and executive producer Sara Gilbert, 36, Chen as the moderator, Leah Remini, 41, Holly Robinson Peete, 46, Sharon Osbourne, 58, and Marissa Jaret Winokur, 38, as a special correspondent.
Contracts for show-creator Gilbert, Chen and Osbourne have all been extended while options for Remini and Peete were not renewed, with no direct reasoning for the dismissals, according to
Two words have come to define Julie Chen’s career: “But first.”Overtly, it’s her oft-used transition between Big Brother segments.
A viral video highlighting her nearly identical delivery of the line and accompanying movements over many seasons earned her the nickname “The Chenbot.” But over the course of the series' 17 seasons, she’s learned to embrace the expression and even turned it into a cheeky catchphrase.
You shouldn’t be expected to be paid as if it’s a full series.
It’s a condensed version.'” Chen announced earlier this month that Celebrity Big Brother is in the works and is slated to premiere this winter. Martha Stewart, Snoop Dogg, Andy Cohen, Tonya Harding, Sean Spicer and Melissa Mc Carthy, though she admitted to THR that “we’ll never get” the latter two.
“He said, ‘You tell your attorney this is not a game we’re playing. “‘This is the only way it will make sense financially.“In grammar school, you're getting on the school bus and someone goes, ‘Oh, ching chong,’ and they'd pull their eyes to the side,” Chen said, growing uncharacteristically quiet. It was eye-opening and shocking, but a lesson to me.” But Chen tried to make the best of a bad situation in Dayton by clocking some time on the anchor desk during holidays.That taunting became nonexistent in junior high school, high school, and college, but things changed for Chen in Dayton. Her boss, however, let her know it would not turn into a more permanent position — and he didn’t mince words."It motivated me to go where I would be welcomed."After coming up with an unfortunately short list of cities that might be more open to the idea of an Asian-American news anchor, Chen moved back to the East Coast and began working as a general assignment reporter at WCBS in New York City.But again, she found herself in a “but first” scenario.