ABC to Walters: No, Snowden Can't Be Most Fascinating
Network rejects her plan for annual special
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 5, 2013 10:44 AM CST
Television journalist Barbara Walters attends a special screening of "Lee Daniels' The Butler" hosted by O, The Oprah Magazine at Hearst Tower on Wednesday, July 31, 2013 in New York.   (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

(Newser) – Well, whomever Barbara Walters names as the Most Fascinating Person of 2013, it won't be the person she really wanted in the top spot. Walters intended to put Edward Snowden at No. 1 on her annual list, but ABC nixed that idea, the New York Daily News reports. Network execs did allow Snowden to remain on the list, just further down. Sadly, ABC had no problem with any of the other people who managed to make it on the list, including such luminaries as Miley Cyrus, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, the Duck Dynasty cast, and the royal baby. The special airs on Dec. 18, at which time the No. 2 for No. 1 will be revealed.

More From Newser
My Take on This Story
To report an error on this story,
notify our editors.
ABC to Walters: No, Snowden Can't Be Most Fascinating is...
Show results without voting
You Might Like
Showing 3 of 51 comments
Dec 8, 2013 10:30 PM CST
She can't name Snowden one of the most fascinating, but SHE CAN PUT THE NAME..... KATE GOSSELIN ON IT !! A CHILD AND ANIMAL ABUSER. Source: In kates journal she wrote in detail everything she did to her babies, children, her animals. She threw Jon out of the garage, she and her staff (on her command) bagged up everything he left, she refused to give him time for him to get all of his things. Then it was all thrown into the garbage cans and hauled to the road for the Garbage Man to pick up and haul off. The Supreme Court of the United States says: Anything thrown into the trash on the road is FAIR GAME! There are only 2 cities in the US that do not allow people to go through the trash and take what they want. It is against the law in their towns. But not where kate lives. Please get the book by Robert Hoffman, which is due out at any time: Kate Gosselin: How She Fooled the World. You will be shocked, stunned and heartbroken for her kids and dogs. Barbara, Please, we can't take it anymore! RETIRE ALREADY!
Dec 8, 2013 8:05 PM CST
Honestly, I don't care who Barbara Walters thinks is fascinating. She does not fascinate me at all. I have not watched her in years.
Dec 8, 2013 6:07 PM CST
why is called the most fascinating person of the year? i can think of plenty of people more fascinating than a one-dimensional pop star -- let me show the world my twerk and be as naked as possible to shock people: Miley, two narcissitic personality disorder fame whores: kanye and kim. It should be called the most fame-whoretastic person of the year (duck dynasty -- they are pretty fascinating and wholesome...thumbs up. Royal baby- well, barbara, duh?! she's not the most original of thinkers)