InsideTV Podcast: The evolution of Julie Chen on 'Big Brother'

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We’ve always liked Julie Chen. She has an amazing way with words (especially when those words happen to be “But first…”), and she’s never had any problem poking fun at her own Chenbot persona. However, unlike Survivor host Jeff Probst, who is known for grilling contestants until they are charred, Chen has usually employed a much lighter, friendlier tone upon greeting the Big Brother house-guests right after they have been evicted. However that all changed last week when Aaryn Gries was voted out of the house. Gries had spent her time on the show making numerous racist and homophobic comments, including many disgusting digs at Asians. Chen, who is Asian-American, took the unusual (for her) step of revealing her personal feelings about the comments while hosting her other CBS show, The Talk. But the question remained: Would she call Aaryn out when the two were finally face to face? The answer was an indisputable yes.

Former Survivor champion Jenna Morasca and I discussed the long-awaited Chen–Gries interview on Entertainment Weekly Radio (SiriusXM, channel 105) and you can now here that entire debate and discussion right here on the InsideTV Podcast. Did Chen go too far? Not far enough? And was the live audience within its rights to boo and jeer Aaryn’s answers? Will this lead to a bolder Chenbot? Well, while the host brought up Amanda’s bullying when she was evicted last night, Chen did give that player a pass on her racist/homophobic comments, most likely because they did not become a storyline on the broadcast version of the show. We do a deep dive into Julie 2.0, and you can hear it all by clicking on the audio player icon below.

But that’s not all! Mandi Bierly also stopped by the studio to convince Jessica Shaw and me why we need to start watching one of her favorite shows — Suits. And she gets some help from some very randy callers. Plus, Newsroom star Thomas Sadoski (who plays producer Don) talked to us about the intense last episode of the HBO drama, watching Jane Fonda work, and dealing with the harsh criticism of the show from some critics and bloggers. You won’t want to miss what he has to say about that.

You can enjoy the whole podcast by clicking on the audio player icon below. You can also download the entire podcast right here. Or, since we’re on iTunes, you can subscribe for free and take the podcast with you. No iTunes? No problem. To send a question to the InsideTV Podcast team, follow us on Twitter @InsideTVPodcast. And to hear more interviews and television discussion and debate, check out Entertainment Weekly Radio channel 105 on SiriusXM.

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