In another sign of the times…or perhaps just a sign that Barbara Walters is going senile, the rambunctious cast of MTV’s vodka-soaked soap Jersey Shore has landed a spot on the broadcast icon’s 18th annual list of the year’s Most Fascinating People.
Joining Snooki, J-Woww, and Pauly D on Babs’ year-end countdown will be soon-to-be British royal Kate Middleton, Oscar winner-turned-jilted bride Sandra Bullock, former vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin, singer/actress/American Idol judge Jennifer Lopez, octogenarian Betty White, Canadian pop sensation Justin Bieber, and NBA star LeBron James.
Walters’ No. 1 Most Fascinating Person of 2010 will be unveiled when Barbara Walters Presents: The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2010 debuts on ABC Dec. 9 @ 10 PM ET/PT.
An hour earlier â€” at 9 PM EST â€” Barbara will be hosting Oprah, The Next Chapter, an in-depth visit with The Queen of Talk as she readies her new cable network launching Jan. 1 and brings her longrunning daytime talk show to an end after an unprecedented 25 seasons.
“I interviewed her in 1988, when she was first becoming very popular. She and I consider this latest interview our coming full circle.”