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December 17th, 2013
09:02 PM ET

Barbara Walters previews her list of the "10 Most Fascinating People": "What does this remind you of: Quack!"

With more than five decades in the television business, and a trio of Emmy Awards on her bookshelf, few would question the editorial choices that Barbara Walters makes.

But few people are Piers Morgan:

"The fact you've left them off your 'Most Fascinating' list, the final one, I think is quite telling," says the "Piers Morgan Live" host, referencing his guest's annual grouping of newsmakers and celebrities, a collection that in 2013 does not feature an Obama. "People will say, 'Wow, even Barbara doesn't find them fascinating anymore.'"

Joining the program for this evening's 9 p.m. primetime interview, the 84-year-old co-host of "The View" suggests that Morgan is reading too much into this year's presidential omission:

"No. I don't interview the same person every month. We did the Obamas for a special, for an hour, in December. And the two of them, when they're together, are at their most charming," she explains. "Sure he could have been on the list, but I would have been asking him very much the same questions, and I thought that were people who were, if not the president, a little more interesting."

What such characters trumped the man who resides in the White House? The full list will be revealed Wednesday as part of the icon's annual "Barbara Walters' 10 Most Fascinating People" television special. But while the top spot is always a surprise, several of this year's selections have been released, and tonight Walters doesn't hesitate to offer an entertaining tease:

"What does this remind you of: Quack!"

Watch the clip as Morgan and Walters continue to debate her list, and for the full interview, watch CNN tonight at 9.
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  1. Peggy

    Piers if President Obama was a Caucasian Pres and brought health care to millions of people after they have all tried for 100 years to implement health care he would be the Great White Hope, but because he is black, nothing he does deserves credit. I was quite pleased with you for awhile because I thought you were fair in the beginning, but I guess CNN has warned you to follow suit at that channel and join with that big mouth nobody, the Donald and put the best president the USA has ever had down. I thought you had a mind of your own, sorry I miscalculated you so badly.

    December 17, 2013 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • robrod1

      Are you dilussional?

      December 18, 2013 at 11:03 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • james

        must be..

        December 18, 2013 at 9:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • commenter

      Peggy, you are a racist.

      December 18, 2013 at 11:10 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Richard Page

    But... but... Ann Coulter either lacks two X chromosomes, or is in the most dire need of getting 'gone down on' of any white woman in America. If it's just a matter of getting paid big bucks for spewing putrid, outre flambeaux, might I suggest that certain Republican Congressmen known to me are, in fact, foot fetishists who frequent nefarious caterers of same in New Orleans. For details, just call my agent and book me for a paltry $50,000,

    December 17, 2013 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. ivan

    Barbara Walters has always been an over rated small intellect gas bag never liked her and will not miss her at all

    December 17, 2013 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • anne

      She paved the way for women in the news industry before you were a gleam in your father's eye. If you can read, you might look at her bio.

      December 17, 2013 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • ivan

        she once asked Mr. T if he ever killed anybody considering that there is no statute of limitations on murder that was a stupid question . not as stupid as you though Anne

        December 17, 2013 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • anne

      Give it up, Ivan-you obviously don't know what you're talking about and have descended to crude insults. Grow up--

      December 17, 2013 at 10:08 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • ivan

        look at the other comments. i'm not the only one who thinks she is a pretentious gas bag and you are the one who made it personal by questioning if i can read understand STUPID ANNE ???

        December 18, 2013 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  4. haywood

    Barbara Walters is so stupid the word special comes to mind.

    December 17, 2013 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. anne

    When Morgan is 84 and has the prestigious career that Walters, he can question her choices-and that will never happen.

    December 17, 2013 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. michael

    the fact that Barbara Walters thinks Kim Kardashian is not dumb is kind of proof that she is. Both of them have the combined intelligence of a bag of hammers

    December 17, 2013 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. max

    Is white bad? So santa can not be white. How nuts is this. As if white some how is wrong to be. Pope is a man of the times don't rock the boat. Your heal go and sin no more seems is a line from the bible right? Not keep sinning and heaven open to you too. Morgan she understood what you said ever one did that understands your what you are.

    December 18, 2013 at 12:10 am | Report abuse | Reply
  8. goatboy

    A cowardly response to the question about Obama's reason for a perceived lack of success. By referring to the ACA and too many promises, instead of the herd of elephants in the room that are responsible, makes Walters plunge straight down on my list of esteemed media members because this supposedly strong woman took the low road to avoid bad press from the repugnant racists that make up the TEA party. Deplorable Barbara, now who are we to turn to for honesty or who isn't bought and paid for?

    December 18, 2013 at 2:07 am | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Mike L.

    Barbara Walters is just another guilt ridden white liberal who said, "We thought Obama was the messiah", first, this shows that she doesn't do her homework, Obama was a radical leftist Chicago street organizer, with no leadership skills, or experience to be President. And now that Obama has been re-elected they finally wise up.......too little too late........Time to retire Barbara.

    December 18, 2013 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Taylor

    Barbara is wrong about Obama; Christians DO NOT look to him as the next Messiah!

    December 18, 2013 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Morgan's Mom

    Barbara why feature Miley Cyrus as one of the top 10 for 2013. Really, is her vulgarity and shock ability that worthy. I see her, Miley,as a disrespectful, ungrateful, culture seeker. She might want to trash her good girl image, but has no gratefulness, or class. I guess she didn't think her talent would be enough. I know she will be laughing all the way to bank, but can she take it with her??????????

    December 18, 2013 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Mary

    Babs, you just lost me forever. Hilary Clinton??????? I'm disgusted.

    December 18, 2013 at 10:53 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. momof4

    Hilary Clinton??? sounds like another push for her as president, please no. don't agree with most of these but I guess the word is fascinating, some are just disgusting

    December 18, 2013 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Paula Merlick

    Hillary Clinton as most fascinating was a desperate attempt of pushing a women for president. It was obvious the most fascinating person of the year was Pope Francis...Barbara disappointed me when she missed that mark. Hillary is so old hat, that it was shocking her name came up at all. " who paid her off" is a question which crosses one's mind. I am surprisingly disappointed in my favorite person, Barbara Walters.

    December 18, 2013 at 11:09 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  15. comen

    The sad part about Piers Morgan is what he chooses to ignore. His political propaganda is sad and unworthy for CNN if CNN want to regain credibility. Walters indicated a significant shift in the perception of Obama toward negative, which Piers does not like – so he surprises it.

    Of importance in what Walters said is her association of the negative view as being proportional to very high exceptional in 2008. There were high expectations in 2008 because Obama created the high expectation and ran a campaign that presented himself as more trustworthy than McCain. This perceived trustworthiness won him the election then. Again, in 2012, he used trust as a line of attack to make himself appear more trustworthy. The election was closer because it was a harder sell to middle spectrum voters that value integrity and trust.

    Obama's negative image now results from Obama destroyed his own integrity and credibility by blatantly lying to us for his own selfish gain; and mainstream media outlets being unable to ignore his lies anymore. It is sad that Walters tries to ignore the importance of integrity to influence and leadership – almost as sad as Pier’s viewer numbers…

    December 18, 2013 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  16. commenter

    The sad part about Piers Morgan is what he chooses to ignore. His political propaganda is sad and unworthy for CNN if CNN want to regain credibility. Walters indicated a significant shift in the perception of Obama toward negative, which Piers does not like – so he surpresses it.

    Of importance in what Walters said is her association of the negative view as being proportional to very high expectations in 2008. There were high expectations in 2008 because Obama created the high expectation and ran a campaign that presented himself as more trustworthy than McCain. This perceived trustworthiness won him the election then. Again, in 2012, he used trust as a line of attack to make himself appear more trustworthy. The election was closer because it was a harder sell to middle spectrum voters that value integrity and trust.

    Obama's negative image now results from Obama destroying his own integrity and credibility by blatantly lying to us for his own selfish gain; and mainstream media outlets being unable to ignore his lies anymore. It is sad that Walters tries to ignore the importance of integrity to influence and leadership – almost as sad as Pier’s viewer numbers…

    December 18, 2013 at 11:24 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  17. NOMOREBAD MUSIC

    10 Most Fascinating People, ..... Hmmmmmmm lets see.. kanye west . Miley Ciyrus, ARE YOU F N KIDDING!!

    DIRT BAGS ARE NOT Fascinating. I FEEL SORRY FOR ALL YOU PEOPLE.....

    December 19, 2013 at 2:06 am | Report abuse | Reply

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