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Julie Chen

I'm Reclaiming My Asian-ness!

1/31/2014 2:35 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0131-tmz-julie-chen-leslie-moonvesJulie Chen is going back to her Chinese roots -- giving her maiden name top billing ... over Les Moonves no less!

When Julie married CBS honcho Leslie Moonves back in 2004, she changed her legal name to Julie Moonves.  But since then she's had a string of big jobs, including host of "The Talk" and "Big Brother," as well as anchor on the "CBS Early Show" -- where she was billed as Chen.

This created problems.  Julie tells TMZ, "Some places list me as one last name versus the other and when you have to show ID ... like at The White House or airport it could stall things when it was not a match... It was a hassle."  Jeez ... how cool is that -- a hassle at The White House.  It's like "Scandal" only real.

So Julie has filed a petition to change her name again -- this time to Julie Chen Moonves -- no hyphen.  We're guessing the judge will approve the petition because everyone in L.A. wants a job with Les and we're guessing he's down with the change.

Chen out.  Chen in.

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fonzie    

Whatever you need to do. This is not important to me unless there was pee pee in my coke.

178 days ago
17.

boo boo    

She's planning to leave him and doesn't want to confuse her lawyers. TMZ, quit it with the "Asian" thing, it's a "marriage" thing.

178 days ago
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Marlyn    

who cares what your name- is - you had eye surgery to look more American- and you really care about your roots- it doesn't seem that way

178 days ago
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_][ Character_Assassin ][_    

I kinda like her. The Talk is quite hilarious.

178 days ago
20.

Just Jay    

Her recent string of big jobs? All on CBS that he husband runs. That's also the only reason she's at the White House.

178 days ago
21.

cluesarethere    

She would have never gotten any of those gigs without Les. Nothing but a opportunist, home wrecker and gold digger.... Cemented the deal with Charlie.. 18+ years

178 days ago
22.

Yurra Knutz    

Chenbot is Asian?
Who knew?

178 days ago
23.

boo boo    

Rich people problems.

178 days ago
24.

News Flash     

OMG, I thought she was married to Maury Povich this whole time!

178 days ago
25.

Joey    

and I fricken care why?

178 days ago
26.

Fabienne    

The Talk has turned out to be another cooking show. All these Americans wanting to lose weight and invited chefs on nearly all the talk shows and even at the end of so many new casts. What gives with the food obsession?

178 days ago
27.

static    

She couldn't get a job as a low speed yoyo operator if she wasn't banging a network president.

178 days ago
28.

jack    

It's amazing how Satan controls minds. Chen and Moonves are not considered an interracial couple. And the comments reflects it. On the other hand, if Chen was married to a Black man, she would be lower than Kim Kardashian on the social scale.

178 days ago
29.

Jbryan310    

It's too late, she already sold herself out!!

178 days ago
30.

scarlett06    

And.....they breaking new is???

Oh, she's just still Julie Chen! Like she could erase her "Asian-Ness?

Anything a little more interesting, cause that sucked!!
Who cares!

178 days ago
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