Barbara Walters named Amal Clooney née Alamuddin, who married George Clooney this year, the most fascinating person of 2014. “You could say hers was the wedding of the year, but let’s put it into perspective, it was really one of the greatest achievements in human history,” Walters said. READ FULL STORY
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This morning, Barbara Walters returned to The View to announce the lineup of this year’s 10 Most Fascinating People special on ABC.
After Walters joked about how they almost played “The Bitch is Back” during her entrance, she revealed the names of seven of the 10 individuals she will feature in this year’s special, including Neil Patrick Harris, Oprah Winfrey, Taylor Swift, Chelsea Handler, Michael Strahan, Scarlett Johansson, and David Koch. The additional three interviewees will be revealed during the broadcast.
Barbara Walters and David Letterman are pretty good at what they do. You might even call them icons in their respective fields. (You most definitely should, actually.)
So it’s no real surprise that when this pair of retiring television legends sat down for an interview on Late Show on Wednesday, they both admitted they’re having a hard time accepting that their jobs are coming to an end.
“You’re retiring,” Walters said. “I do not want you to retire.”
“I don’t want to retire now either,” Letterman responded to applause. “I’ve changed my mind.” But, he conceded, “that ship has sailed.” The network’s already planning on repainting, after all.
Charlize Theron hasn’t hosted Saturday Night Live since 2000, which was 14 whole years ago and a performance which very few of us actually remember. That didn’t stop her from crafting a monologue out of a sketch from that 2000 show, however. Her singing part in that sketch kept getting reduced and reduced until she realized, “I can’t sing.” Which the writers apparently thought was hilarious because guys, Charlize Theron can do everything: Win Oscars! Star in dramas! Star in comedies! But… she can’t sing. Ha, ha! READ FULL STORY
We know Barbara Walters as an intense broadcast journalist who knows how to ask tough questions. But in Vanity Fair‘s new profile of the View co-host, we learn that she’s not very into being on the other side of an interview; in fact, the magazine says that she even offered to write the story herself.
Still, VF did manage to get a few personal tidbits out of Walters, including why the View ladies don’t take pee breaks and the one time Walters broke during a interview.Check out a few highlights below:
When all 11 past and present co-hosts of The View unite on May 15 to bid farewell to the talk show’s creator Barbara Walters, we expect each lady to be on her best behavior. But that doesn’t mean there won’t be plenty of bad feelings and some tongue-biting when these gals come face-to-face.
While The View was created as a platform for women with varying opinions to talk openly and frankly about the day’s topics, it turned into a powder keg for clashing personalities. We don’t envy the person tasked with creating the seating chart that day. Over the 17 seasons, there have been a number of high-profile feuds among the cast, some involving Walters herself.
To keep the peace — just as a precaution, of course — here are our suggestions for co-host placement on Walters’ second-to-last day.
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When Barbara Walters’ “Most Fascinating People” TV special first aired in 1993 (with a producer-mandated 12 nominees, rather than 10, Babs noted in a cheerfully bitter tone), its No. 1 spot went to a the newest first lady on the scene, Hillary Clinton. And apparently, Clinton has lost none of that luster, as she was once again named Walters’ Most Fascinating Person of 2013 — and of the last 20 years — on Wednesday night’s ABC special.
Most of the conversation focused on whether the former secretary of state could confirm the growing speculation that she’ll be running for president in 2016. But Clinton bobbed and weaved, telling Walters, “I haven’t made up my mind…I will look carefully at what I think I can do, and make that decision sometime next year.” Clinton did say that, were she to be elected president, husband Bill could possibly go by the title “first mate.”
Clinton shared some lovely sentiments about leaving a legacy “of integrity and service,” and it was all a (very) slight hint at the 2016 election, but it was also almost exactly what she said when she made 2012’s Most Fascinating list…but without all the snarky hair stuff. Barbara made sure to note that, this year at least, she did not ask Clinton about her personal grooming habits.
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Fascinating Person™ Jennifer Lawrence is no stranger to the weird culture of Hollywood weight-shaming. “In Hollywood, I’m obese,” the Oscar winner told Elle magazine last fall. “I’m considered a fat actress. I’m Val Kilmer in that one picture on the beach.”
A year later, Lawrence is once again taking our culture to task for setting unrealistic body expectations for women — though this time, she’s doubling down on the media rather than the film industry itself.
“I think when it comes to the media, the media needs to take responsibility for the effect it has on our younger generation, on these girls who are watching these television shows, and picking up how to talk and how to be cool,” she tells Barbara Walters in an interview set to air Wednesday as part of the journalist’s annual Most Fascinating People special. (Lawrence is responding to a question about programs such as E!’s Fashion Police.)
“So then all of a sudden being funny is making fun of the girl that’s wearing an ugly dress… and the word fat,” Lawrence continues. “I just think it should be illegal to call somebody fat on TV. I mean, if we’re regulating cigarettes and sex and cuss words because of the effect they have on our younger generation, why aren’t we regulating things like calling people fat?”
It’s that time of the year again, when Barbara Walters decides what exactly it means to be fascinating.
To make the list this year, it seems you either had to have a rebirth in your career, give birth to one of the most anticipated celebrity babies ever, or just simply be born. Walters announced nine out of the 10 spots for her annual special Barbara Walters Presents: The 10 Most Fascinating People of the Year. The final and “most fascinating” spot is traditionally kept under wraps until the air date, this year on Dec. 18 at 9:30 p.m. ET on ABC.
Here’s a look at the list:
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Receiving a standing ovation during today’s episode of The View, Barbara Walters announced she would retire from television next summer.
“I have been on television continuously for over 50 years,” Walters joked with false shock (“I was very young, Joy!”) “But in the summer of 2014, a year from now, I plan to retire from appearing on television at all. It has been an absolutely joyful, rewarding, challenging, fascinating, and occasionally bumpy ride and I wouldn’t change a thing. I’m perfectly healthy. This is my decision. I’ve been thinking about it for a long time and this is what I want to do.” READ FULL STORY
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