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
ABC to Walters: No, Snowden Can't Be Most Fascinating
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)

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. (Read more Barbara Walters Most Fascinating People stories.)

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