Julie Chen Makes Shocking Revelation About Her Family's Polygamist Past (VIDEO)

Julie ChenJulie Chen made a shocking revelation on The Talk on Tuesday, when she revealed her family's deep dark secret -- her grandfather was a polygamist. She said that it's haunted her for many years, and that she got her mother's blessing before coming clean on national TV.

"My mom tried to keep this secret from me and my two sisters for a long time, for as long as she could," she explained. "She was afraid for me, personally, that it would damage my career goals, my dreams of being a broadcaster, my reputation. For the record, I did get her OK to tell this secret ... My secret that I have been harboring for years is that my grandfather was a polygamist."

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She continued, "He had nine wives, six of whom bore him children. He had 11 children that we know of, countless mistresses … I never met my grandfather … all I knew growing up was that he grew up dirt poor. Dirt poor."

Chen explained how difficult it was for her grandmother to live the polygamist lifestyle. "As you can imagine this was extremely hard on my grandmother. She was his first wife," she said. "They were in a pre-arranged marriage. This was not the man she chose to marry ... but you grow to love this man. Then you see wife number two come through the door. Number three ... number four ... the last wife was younger than my uncle, the first-born son."

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Although Chen never met her grandpa (he died before she was born), she revealed that he did get to make amends to at least one person. "On his deathbed he apologized to my mom," she said.

What a painful family secret to have to keep locked away for so many years. It may be a sign of the times and our cultural shift on our changing definition of marriage that she finally felt free to come out of the polygamist closet.

How how does she feel now that's she's confessed her family's secret? Chen tweeted after the show aired, "The secret of my polygamist grandfather is finally off my chest. Thanks for your support #TheTalk #TALKsecrets"

Do you think Julie Chen was wise to keep her family's polygamist background a secret for so long?

 

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