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Walters to reveal most fascinating person of 2011

Barbara Walters’s interviews with her Ten Most Fascinating People of 2011 airs on ABC tonight.

Singer Katy Perry was named one the most fascinating people of the year by Barbara Walters. (Donna Svennevik/AP)

Anyway, also not on the list, so far as we know before broadcast: that manager of the Japanese nuclear-power plant who defied authority during a hydrogen explosion and ignored orders to stop pumping seawater into a reactor to cool it — which is thought to have saved hundreds of lives. Because ABC needs ratings to keep this gravy training running, so Babs favors celebrities.

Also not known to be on the list: Apple chairman/CEO Steve Jobs or toppled Libyan strongman Moammar Qaddafi. Though, since the interviews were taped earlier in the fall, Babs might have interviewed Jobs, knowing his end was near.

While it helps to have your  “alive” status intact to make Barbara’s list, your “Marital” status need not be. The centerpiece selection of this year’s list, released a couple weeks ago by ABC, is the Kardashian family – because, ABC News explained, the Kardashians are American Reality Royalty.

But, it appears Kim Kardashian’s pants are on fire because, in her taped interview, she told Babs “married life is good,” and then filed for divorce just 25 days later. Yes, Kim gamed Babs – the woman who grilled Fidel Castro.

“She didn’t even hint the marriage could be long over before the show hit the airwaves,” the New York Post recently marveled, after some little bird let them know what was in that interview.

Also on the list, as described in the announcement:

● Simon Cowell, said by Babs peeps to be  “always provocative.”

● Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Eric Stonestreet, who are the “breakout” stars of “Modern Family” on ABC – aka employers of Babs.

●New York Yankees infielder/captain Derek Jeter .

●Donald Trump, described by B’s Ps as “American business tycoon/author/TV personality” because he had not yet become “potential independent presidential candidate.”

●Katy Perry, described by B’s Ps as “pop singing sensation.”


●World’s most famous sister Pippa Middleton.

Boehner and/or Jobs might still make the list -- we’ll know tonight when the No. 1 most fascinating person is named.

Meanwhile, here’s a look at Babs’ Most Fascinating People interviews through the ages:

View Photo Gallery: It’s that time of year for Walters’s “Most Fascinating People” special. Here’s a look back on some of the fascinating people she’s interviewed through the years.


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