Barbara Walters: People Were Upset I Chose The Kardashians As Most Fascinating

Fri, December 9, 2011 4:43pm EST by 12 Comments
Kim Kardashian Interview

For the past 18 years, the legendary journalist has chosen 10 individuals who she believes made an impact on the world in the past year and she says whether you like it or not the Kardashians made her list!

Barbara Walters is shocked with how negatively some people are responding to her decision to include the Kardashians in her 10 Most Fascination People of 2011 set to air on Dec. 14. HollywoodLife.com spoke with Barbara and she explains why her list would be incomplete without these E! reality moguls.

“The whole idea of this program that we’ve been doing for 18 years is to pick people who have made an impact and whether you like or don’t like it the Kardashians were a controversial choice,” Barbara told us. “We did Jersey Shore last year and no one objected. [The Kardashians] strike a different chord.”

We asked Barbara if she feels like the Kardashians have gone too far in showing the world their most private moments. For instance, Kim’s road to the altar, Kris Jenner‘s facelift, and even Kourtney Kardashian‘s birth of her son Mason.

“One of the reasons [for their success] is because they put it all out there and nothing is private,” Barbara says. “Even with their arguing they are all are very close.”

But can their fame last longterm?

“I really don’t know what the future is for the Kardashians,” she says. “What happens next in their future and life I can’t say.”

The Kardashians, Katy PerrySimon Cowell and Pippa Middleton are just a few of the biggest names in entertainment that Barbara has chosen. Tune into ABC on Dec. 14 for the 90-minute-special and find out who made the coveted number one spot!

— Chloe Melas

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Sandra

Posted at 9:10 AM on December 8, 2013  

Won’t watch and I predict this will be Barbara’s lowest ratings show ever!

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sven7m

Posted at 7:55 PM on December 14, 2011  

Would someone PLEASE start a BARBARA WALTERS RETIRE petition already!!

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Shannon

Posted at 8:21 PM on December 10, 2011  

Barbara, making an impact and making money and becoming famous are two very different things.

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Shelly

Posted at 5:09 PM on December 10, 2011  

I don’t watch her Xmas special anyway. I guess she wants the ratings so Barbara is using them like the K’s use other people.

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Cricket

Posted at 6:31 AM on December 10, 2011  

She’s just trying to be controversial to bring attention to her show that no one cares about. Retire Barbara.

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galey

Posted at 9:12 PM on December 9, 2011  

Won’t be watching Babs…..refuse to watch anything with the Kardasians on it and to put them in the same sentence with Kate Middleton is absurd! They are trashy self addicted bimbos and people like you and Ryan Seacrest just help them to continue to believe they are hollywood super powers – UGH!

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sue

Posted at 8:41 PM on December 14, 2011  

I agree with galey..this is what she said AMEN

Won’t be watching Babs…..refuse to watch anything with the Kardasians on it and to put them in the same sentence with Kate Middleton is absurd! They are trashy self addicted bimbos and people like you and Ryan Seacrest just help them to continue to believe they are hollywood super powers – UGH!

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Sarah

Posted at 8:09 PM on December 9, 2011  

thats because people are OBSESSED with hating the K’s. You’d think they’d focus on more vile reality shows like BB Wives or Jersey Shore.

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ssm

Posted at 7:28 PM on December 9, 2011  

Sorry Babs, you got it all wrong.. should have stuck to your original question to Kim: “What are your famous for?: and I think Kathie Lee Gifford and Kris Jenner got onto Barbara and made her feel bad for that question. But all of us out in TV land agreed with Barbara and now she is trying to make up to them. She is back-peddling her original thought because of pressure. Show Biz. Still refuse to watch their shows since the wedding…

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c

Posted at 5:18 PM on December 9, 2011  

she’s losing it – picking these morons

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123

Posted at 5:14 PM on December 9, 2011  

That is why I don’t watch barbara’s show any more…

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jane

Posted at 4:59 PM on December 9, 2011  

Sign the petition at boycottkim ((dotcom)). This family is a plague!

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