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'The View': A seating chart for a drama-free co-host reunion

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.

Hillary Clinton is Barbara Walters' Most Fascinating Person of 2013 (and the past 20 years)

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.

'It should be illegal to call somebody fat on TV,' says Jennifer Lawrence -- VIDEO

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?”


Barbara Walters' 'Most Fascinating People' of 2013: Miley Cyrus, Kimye, Prince George, and more

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:

Barbara Walters announces retirement in summer 2014 on 'The View' -- VIDEO

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

On the scene at the Time 100 Gala red carpet

Lena Dunham, Joe Biden, and George Saunders — as well as Jimmy Fallon, Arianna Huffington, Dr. Oz, Christina Aguilera, and dozens more — gathered together to mingle with and honor one another at Time’s 100 Gala, celebrating its annual “100 Most Influential People in the World” issue. The mix made for some interesting red carpet conversation, as entertainers mixed with politicians and publishing figures. Most attendees agreed it was an honor to be in the same room as so many other luminaries. Michael Kors, who showed up with Olivia Munn and sunglasses, gave out fashion tips. Barbara Walters talked up the latest biography she’s loving. That and other tidbits from the carpet below.


Mariah Carey talks Nicki Minaj feud: 'I did hire more security' -- VIDEO

So, just how much do Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj actually despise each other? We won’t be able to judge that for ourselves until American Idol‘s 12th season premieres next week — but in the meantime, there’s Carey’s new interview with Barbara Walters, which touches on the Mariah/Nicki feud.

A brief recap of the conflict: Mariah Carey had a vision of love — and a vision of herself as American Idol‘s only female judge. So when Fox invited Nicki Minaj to serve on the show’s new judging panel as well, there was some immediate friction between the two musicians — although both Carey and Minaj rejected rumors of bad blood. (“How can you feud in two days?” Carey joked shortly after the judging panel was made official. “I think a feud takes a little longer [to build.”)

Then TMZ released a video of Nicki cursing out Mariah during an Idol audition in North Carolina. Walters discussed the explosive clip on The View, saying that Carey had told her things got even more heated once the cameras were off. Specifically: Minaj supposedly said, “If I had a gun, I would shoot that f—ing bitch.” Mariah responded by reportedly hiring extra security. President Obama and Stevie Nicks got involved. Nicki accused Walters of taking Mariah’s side “because I’m a little black girl that raps.” It was, in sort, a Class-A fustercluck.


Chris Christie isn't 2012's 'Most Fascinating,' but delivers special's most memorable moment

Last night, Barbara Walters revealed 2012′s “Most Fascinating Person” in her annual ABC special. The winner: General David Petraeus, who “was not chosen this year for his war record or his exemplary service to his country.” Instead, said Walters, “This is about military honor, colliding with sex and lies in the digital age.”

Fair enough. Even so, the segment about Petraeus — who earned this same title in 2010 as well, albeit under very different circumstances — didn’t deliver the special’s most memorable moment. Neither did portions about Walters’s other picks, which included E L  James, Ben Affleck, Gabby Douglas, Prince Harry, Hillary Clinton, the boys of One Direction, Seth MacFarlane, and Honey Boo Boo (naturally).

Instead, the “Most Fascinating” scene came when Walters interviewed listmaker Chris Christie, New Jersey’s chief Springsteen lover (and, oh yeah, the state’s governor). At one point, the newswoman brought up a subject that made her feel “very uncomfortable”: his size.


Lindsay Lohan pulls out of Barbara Walters interview -- Maybe for the best?

Turns out, we won’t be hearing any confessions of a (twenty-something) drama queen.

For those that were planning a glorious week of watching Barbara Walters’ interview with Lindsay Lohan and the premiere of Liz & Dick, apologies. You’ll have to make do with just the TV movie. According to Deadline, Lohan has cancelled on the planned sit down with 20/20 doyenne Walters.

The change likely has to do with Lohan’s change in publicity representation. Her publicist of the last two years recently quit, and it seems her new team is making some changes. (EW reached out to her new publicist, but did not hear back.)

The cancellation is probably for the best. While Lohan would like the chance to talk about her work as Elizabeth Taylor, she’s had a couple of flare ups on the legal front recently (lying to the cops regarding an earlier car incident) that Walters — and viewers — wouldn’t be able to ignore. We all remember how that went for Britney Spears and Matt Lauer in 2006; the interview likely wouldn’t be good for Lohan’s long-term public image.

For now, it’ll be interesting to see if she does any publicity at all for the movie. I could see her succeeding with a quick, silly late night appearance on something like Jimmy Fallon — a demographic where many still have a soft spot for her. She could show up, play some kind of game with the audience (maybe have fans compete against her in her own movie trivia? Remind people of when they liked her?) make a self-deprecating joke and peace out. That seems a more winnable strategy than a hard Q&A at this point.

A rep for 20/20 did not return a request for comment.

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