Who's on Barbara Walters' list of the year's 'Most Fascinating'?
November 19th, 2012
05:30 PM ET

Who's on Barbara Walters' list of the year's 'Most Fascinating'?

Has reality TV run out of fascinating characters? After talking to the Kardashians last year and the cast of "Jersey Shore" the year before that, Barbara Walters' list of 2012's "Most Fascinating People" is notably reality show- free.

Instead, Walters' 90-minute special, which is now in its 20th season, will include:

The No. 1 "Most Fascinating" person will be revealed on the special when it airs December 12 at 9:30 p.m. on ABC. Our money's on James, but who do you think it'll be?

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  1. why is my hair

    frizzing up this is not good.

    November 21, 2012 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  2. danimal

    One Direction? ( another boy band >yawn<), Seth McFarlan? ( about as current as a pet rock) Ben Afleck? ( whats so facinating about an average actor) Maybe we have run out of facinating people after all. If an author of a cheesey raunchy book is at the top of the list, then we are in serious trouble.

    November 21, 2012 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
  3. mperta

    My money for Most Fascinating is on President Obama, for surviving a tough reelection campaign. Go Barack!

    November 21, 2012 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
  4. feekster

    PSY will be #1 (Gangnam Style singer/artist) my bet.

    November 21, 2012 at 12:18 am | Report abuse |
  5. RickyLee

    I think Gabrielle Giffords will most likely be selected as the person of the year, or at least the way in which The Barbara Walters production might approach it, possibly Michael Phelps for his spectacular Olympic performance. I cant believe One Direction would make such a list, so inconsequential, in a kind of Kardashian way.

    November 20, 2012 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse |
  6. My family and I had the pleasure of

    meeting Barbara Walters a couple of times...very smart lady, very dry funny sense of humor. she's not the
    rough exterior everyone thinks she is. we had alot of fun at that holiday luncheon, regis did some christmas tunes.
    susan lucci was there, henry winkler was there (made alot of money for abc as the fonz), news people etc.
    Bill Evans was most fun! there luncheons are the best!

    November 20, 2012 at 9:01 pm | Report abuse |
  7. My naughty cartoon are never cartoons..

    they are real. If you never opened that big mouth of yours we'd be hysterial laughing right now!

    November 20, 2012 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Hollywood

    we love seth and we feels he's funny and very cute at the same time. we like gabby and we find her spot on and never thought she was lame at all.

    November 20, 2012 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Pop_Culture_Crtic

    Thos One Direction kids re all gay.Their fans pretty much know it(or the ysaid that they wouldnt be surprised AT AlL if any of them came out of the closet.

    Anywho.All those people listed are stupid and irrelevant.Gabby Douglas an author.PLEASE!!!!! Just cause someone ghost wrote a book for her.She is LAME

    Seth Mcfarlen makes the worst show(family guy) EVER!!!! Only dumb 12 year-olds think it's funny.Or people think it's funny because they hear so much about it,and they are like "Woah,look how naughty this cartoon is.!! Crazy!!"

    November 20, 2012 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
  10. 3

    there are still a couple that are in production–i saw one of them in the grocery store...did babs tap you phone too?
    yea i think she did..they all laugh at babs–a&p laughter.

    November 20, 2012 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Barbara Walter is as old as earth

    get a life Barbara, retire and leave young people your job. Plastic surgery may help you for a while but soon you will be put into a Museum as an old mommie

    November 20, 2012 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • bjm

      someday you'll look back on this comment and realize how insensitive and destructive it is. never mind outright wrong.
      but for now...enjoy your youth.

      November 20, 2012 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
  12. mark norcal

    Da Chair!

    November 20, 2012 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  13. ug

    Who cares about babs wawa.

    November 20, 2012 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  14. lot9002

    i love those people there are exciting to us also.

    November 20, 2012 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  15. hamburger9002

    your right irwin

    November 20, 2012 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Malala is my hero

    Hands down...most fascinating person of the year is Malala Yousafzai.

    November 20, 2012 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Irwin

    Pop culture at its stupidest! Why not Honey Boo Boo while they're at it! The worst end-of-year list imaginable!

    November 20, 2012 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  18. **correction by bart

    as we have said 100 times...you will never ever be her...not even for 5 minutes will you ever have the honor of being her and the kind of woman she is.

    i will personally get this sting operation in control. trolls are fun – you people are just skum picking on an innocent woman because your jealous of her–keep laughing whoever you are...because as the lord is watching me
    today tomorrow next year...i will have those names of who makes fun of this woman on this computer

    Happy Holidays

    November 20, 2012 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  19. *

    as we have said 100 times...you will never ever be her...not even for 5 minutes will you ever have the honor of being her and the kind of woman she is.

    i will personally get this sting operation in control. trolls are fun - you people are just skum picking on an innocent woman because your jealous of her–keep laughing whoever you are...because as the lord is watching me
    today tomorrow next year...i will have those names of who does to this woman. Happy Holidays.

    November 20, 2012 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  20. *

    called her black lives in a basement, no money, no good a loser who the heck do you people think you are
    you've blogs have been saved for months–this blog sting operation is over...your a disgrace to
    society–you all seem to know each other but she does no know any of you....we will....your horrible
    bloggers and your not trolls you get off on hurting people...(9002)

    November 20, 2012 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  21. off the computer

    November 20, 2012 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Captain Slapaho

    Never heard of any of these people.

    November 20, 2012 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Keep Joking

    wait for the phone call

    November 20, 2012 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Jujubeans

    I'm most fascinated with LiLo's bewbs!

    November 20, 2012 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Uh huh

    An old jewess interviewing nobodies. How fascinating.

    November 20, 2012 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  26. i'm a gangsta



    November 20, 2012 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  27. what a pig right?

    oink oink

    November 20, 2012 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  28. kelly

    seth macfarlane is hilarious-i love his cartoons-family guy etc. chris christie is hilarious as well

    November 20, 2012 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  29. I'm down to 18 pounds...

    Yea Midge

    November 20, 2012 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  30. Tom Bruce

    Chris Christie. Wins by a ton. Personal aside to the Gov. You've got three years to drop the weight before you begin your run for President. Let's see. That would be 156 weeks. At a pound a week, you would still be a heavyweight. Maybe you ought to strive for 2 pounds a week. Try Weight Watchers. Try Slim Fast. Try not being a pig.

    November 20, 2012 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  31. Scott

    Barbara who??

    November 20, 2012 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
  32. yay Jessica

    you did it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 20, 2012 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  33. netmouse

    The most fascinating person is not identified beforehand and not in the list of those on the show.

    November 20, 2012 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  34. hilary clinton

    She has done amasing job in her carrier

    November 20, 2012 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  35. i'm a gangnam girl


    November 20, 2012 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
  36. Not Clinton


    November 20, 2012 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  37. T & S

    everbody knows - but we still keep doing it...

    November 20, 2012 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  38. you have no style we all know...

    good for barb

    November 20, 2012 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |

    Wow, so you exclude Psy but you put in that excuse of a human being Chris Christie?

    November 20, 2012 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
    • The Truth

      I could write an entire book on what is wrong with America and the continuing slide of intelligence in this country. But why put in the effort when your comment says it all.

      November 20, 2012 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Truth Hurts (@ The Truth)

      Yes, but will you do anything about it other than take the time to insult someone else's intelligence? Thought not.

      November 20, 2012 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Name*Kim

    Clinton definitely

    November 20, 2012 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
  41. Liz

    The most fascinating person this year will be the Obamas again for gaining re-election. I'm sure the cast of Twilight or at least Rob & Kristen will be on the list, you'll see. They never release the entire list, but I'm sure they'll be up there. Maybe Mitt Romney will be on the list as well for saying so many stupid things like "binders full of women". I think Jon Stewart & Stephen Colbert should be on the list for making this election so hallarious.

    November 20, 2012 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
  42. tam

    That Argo film isn't accurate at all, and doesn't give proper credit to the Canadian Ambassador and his wife and staff.

    As for Walters, time to go!

    November 20, 2012 at 9:35 am | Report abuse |
  43. Ben

    Considering that last year the list included the Kardashians and the cast of the Jersey Shore, I would not be surprised in the least if Barbara Walters picked Honey Boo Boo as the most fascinating person of the year!

    November 20, 2012 at 9:11 am | Report abuse |
    • bettyboop

      II honestly thought she'd pick Honey Boo Boo because Barbara WaWa has lost all credibility – sad to watch the decline.

      November 20, 2012 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
  44. Rick

    ME ME ME. I'm extra fascinating. No school agin tomorrow. YES !

    November 19, 2012 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rick

      Cartoon Network here I come ! No bedtime tonite !

      November 19, 2012 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Clete

      Agree with you. Except for Hilary Clinton, everyone else on this list are about as interesting as the average rock.

      November 20, 2012 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  45. A.

    thanks for the insight.

    November 19, 2012 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
  46. HllywoodBuzz

    Shirley Levi arrives at the Rolling Stone American Music Awards After Party, on Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Casey Rodgers/Invision for Nokia/AP Images)

    November 19, 2012 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
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