Who are Barbara Walters’ Most Fascinating People of 2011?

Barbara Walters has released a list that includes seven of her 10 Most Fascinating People of 2011: the Kardashians (she’s obviously counting them as one person), X-Factor judge Simon Cowell, Modern Family‘s Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Eric Stonestreet (these guys also apparently count as one person), Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees, Donald Trump, Katy Perry and Pippa Middleton (pictured at left). The Number One Most Fascinating Person of 2011 will be announced on Barbara Walters Presents: The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2011, which will air as a 90-minute ABC News special highlighting some of the year’s most prominent names in entertainment, sports and popular culture Wednesday, December 14 on ABC-TV. Do you agree with the choices on this list? Who do you think is the most fascinating person of 2011?

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  1. Oliva • November 30, 2011 @ 11:32 PM

    What I Think Of The MFPO:
    Pippa Middleton: YAY! She seems awesome and I’m glad she is ons the list.
    Katy Perry: I’m a fan (even though she uses WAY to much autotune) so Im happy
    Donald Trump: Ugh…. Kill me now
    Derek Jeter: I dont watch ANY sports so whatever.
    The Modern Family Guy: YYYYYYYYYYYYEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!! Modern Family 4 the win!
    Simon Cowell: Actually, this is worse than Trump
    Kardashians: NNNNNNNNOOOOOOOO!!!!!!! I agree with Daniel Craig, they ARE bloody idiots!
    That’s all

  2. joe • December 1, 2011 @ 12:41 AM

    hmmmm ….maybe all the attractive ladies on here can have some plastic surgeon ruin them, act like an idiot any time there is a camera around, accidently (yea right) have someone steal there sex tape and put it on the net and voila…next year you’re on the list…oh forgot, that is if you have no talent at anything whatsoever…it’s time B.W. hangs it up

  3. Doug Frerichs • December 1, 2011 @ 9:14 AM

    Poor Barb is going to have to do a whole lot of defending over the Kardashians bubble heads.

  4. Hairbag • December 1, 2011 @ 9:18 AM

    maybe she is now toooooooo old to judge
    just check out the list

    starting with the “K” group not even worthy for a full name !

  5. Emc • December 1, 2011 @ 9:35 AM

    How about including someone who actually does something to improve the world? I like Pippa but what did she do besides show up at her sister’s wedding in a sexy dress? As for Kardashians and Simon Cowell, forget it. Cowell sure doesn’t help the self esteem of people, most of them young, I expect. I guess Barbara is now an entertainer and promotes those in that field.

  6. David • December 1, 2011 @ 9:58 AM

    I really don’t care who Barbara Walters thinks is interesting. She herself is as interesting as a glass of water.

  7. Jo Ann • December 1, 2011 @ 10:59 AM

    I’m with Olivia all the way!!!!

  8. DD • December 1, 2011 @ 11:31 AM


  9. AJ • December 1, 2011 @ 11:46 AM

    What Olivia says except I switch Family Guy with Simon Cowell. Simon is so on top of things and so smart and not afraid to be a smart ass.

  10. Craig Miller • December 1, 2011 @ 12:18 PM

    Awful list of people. What the Hell year is she doing this list from? My God, why not any Joan Rivers?….LOL. This whole concept is the stupidest thing I come across every year. There is NOTHING ‘fascinating’ about any of these people. The funniest was the year she has Laura Bush as most fascinating….WOW!

  11. Danielle • December 1, 2011 @ 12:57 PM

    Really don’t get the fasination with Pippa….big yawn.

  12. Judy • December 1, 2011 @ 1:34 PM


  13. Margaret • December 1, 2011 @ 1:57 PM

    Poor Barbara has dementia. No other way to explain the Kardashians on her list.

  14. Bev • December 1, 2011 @ 2:30 PM

    Donald Trump sucks, not only is he the most unfastenating person, he is also the most disgusting person.

  15. Wendy • December 1, 2011 @ 3:51 PM

    I quite like the Pippa nod….but the rest….especially that “K” family….not much for such phonies.

  16. Sara • December 1, 2011 @ 4:50 PM

    the Kardashians…give me a break!!!!

  17. ashlee • December 1, 2011 @ 5:01 PM

    Simon Cowell is the only one on list worth being there…he ACTUALLY does something..produces hosts…he was apuper,became a multi millionaire..lost it all and got it back 10 times over and apparently is supergenerous to the people in his life..and let’s not foregt half of today’s pop stars and country stars can attribute their ‘ 15 mins’ to him
    kardashians ?? you mean the ballbusting,attention seeking diva mama and her offspring…the porn video slut,the man traoped in a possible woman’s body chloe,the whiny crazy and what the fcuk does she do kourtney,the vapid unemployed mooch robert,the two lolita’s whom she wishes had the last anme kardashian so she wouldn’t have to chnage the monograms …god help ANY man venturing in to that vipers den of women…oops,robert is a guy,right?

  18. Age A • December 1, 2011 @ 5:12 PM

    I have lost any respect that I had for Barbra Walters the second she picked a kardashian as facinating?! I think this list is put together by the network she works for she seems to be an inteligent woman so why a F’n kardashian…I will never watch BW again…

  19. janet • December 1, 2011 @ 7:07 PM

    Kardashians should NOT be on this list! Simon Cowell??? I find LA Reid WAY MORE FASCINATING!!! Barbara blew it this year!

  20. Terry • December 1, 2011 @ 8:40 PM

    Walters has chosen all very monied people. Wonder if her list has anything to do with who she’d been hob knobbing with lately. Do you have to be extremely rich to be facinating??
    Maybe Barbara is getting senile in her old age…what a ridiculous list.
    I’ll give the thumbs up only for Pippa, but she’s just plain cute, I don’t know what makes her facinating other than good looks and tons of money.

  21. Gabe • December 1, 2011 @ 8:42 PM

    Barbara, senility has set in. How can the Kardashians be interesting. These are people that are basicly shallow and only look for publicity which you seem to be only too willing to give them. They should be ignored as they provide nothing other than glory seeking hounds. Let’s just ignore them. Kim Kardashian’s escapades in the sacred marital arena are shameful. She is just a pig that had some lipstick put on. Who cares what she does. I hope she pays in a large way for what she did to a real athelete.

  22. LuvMyVamps! • December 1, 2011 @ 9:46 PM

    >>Who do you think is the most fascinating person of 2011?<<

    Why none other than Mr.Johnny Depp, one of the biggest stars working today!

  23. My opinion • December 1, 2011 @ 11:02 PM

    Donald Trump, Pippa, The Kardashian’s….as 2011 Most Fascinating People. Barbara have you lost you mind???

    I guess the real Most Fascinating People of 2011 were either to mad at Barbara or unable to attend her show so Barbara got stuck having to go down (way, way down) her list of celebrities (if that’s what you want to call them). Sorry Barbara, as I’m not interested in seeing them in their pathetic shows, I’m not interested in seeing them in yours either.

  24. Oliva • December 2, 2011 @ 1:04 AM

    I have watched this show since 2008 and with the “K” family on here, I will certainly die. Thxs babs, thxs alot. I will only watch for the Modern Family guys (Cam na dMitch 4 the win!!) and whoever the other 3 “fascinating” people r.

  25. Oliva • December 2, 2011 @ 1:05 AM

    Dammit! I mean and not na d. Dang my typing skills

  26. ugh • December 2, 2011 @ 5:41 PM

    @David: hahaa, hilarious!! Has it occurred to anyone that Barbara Walters is probably senile? The integrity of her show (believe it or not it was better before) has really changed over the decades and she is now no different from the ilk of celeb-studded shows, and her questions are really stupid.

  27. Nobody Important • December 3, 2011 @ 7:26 PM

    These people are fascinating to the same extent a car wreck’s fascinating.

  28. Kris • December 4, 2011 @ 11:58 AM

    Who are these people? What have they done to improve the quality of life of others? Fascinating? Maybe to a doorknob.

  29. Joanne • December 4, 2011 @ 8:00 PM

    Barbara please retire NOW!!!!
    Who cares what you think anymore….

  30. L • December 11, 2011 @ 3:23 PM

    Barbara time for you to retire, did you proof read it before you put it out there?

    Pretty sad choices!

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