Celebrity ancestry show Who Do You Think You Are? kicks off its sixth season on March 8, and the first episode takes The Talk host Julie Chen to China to learn more about the grandfather she never met.
"My big secret is my grandfather was a polygamist," Chen revealed on The Talk back in September. "He had nine wives."
The Talk host found herself unexpectedly emotional when reading her grandfather’s death announcement and obituary in local papers.
"That surprised me, because I never knew him," Chen admitted. "It wasn't a revelation that I was going to read about his death, and it just struck me. Seeing his picture, that I saw in family photo albums growing up, in the newspaper article and talking about who he's survived by, it just caught me off guard."
Distant relatives still pray to the memory of Chen's grandfather, and she was even able to meet some living tributes to his work: the children who attend the school that her grandfather founded.
"That was amazing," she said. "To see these little faces, the future of this town where my grandfather hails from and that they're getting an education and they all knew who he was and they said it with pride. It really filled my heart."
Who Do You Think You Are? premieres March 8 on TLC.