ABC Rejects Walters Pick of Snowden as most Fascinating


It seems that even the powerful Barbara Walters doesn't win them all.

The New York Daily News says it’s a leak Barbara Walters doesn’t want you to know about.

Walters pushed hard to have NSA leaker Edward Snowden at the top of her list of 10 most fascinating people of the year — but in the end was overruled by network brass the paper reports. 

Snowden, who did land further down on the list, is particular about his outlets, relying mainly on journalist Glenn Greenwald — formerly of the Guardian — to tell his stories, and would not participate. Instead, the network did a write-around with old interview clips for his part, much like they did with Gen. David Petraeus in 2012.

Walters had been collaborating with “The View” executive producer Bill Geddie throughout the year on choosing the 10 figures to appear on “Barbara Walters Presents: The 10 Most Fascinating People of the Year.” She had a particular fascination with the former NSA contractor, we’re told, because at one point she believed he would be chosen as Time magazine’s Person of the Year.

In addition to Snowden, the others chosen for the much-anticipated special include Jennifer Lawrence, Miley Cyrus, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West (starring jointly as KimYe), baby Prince George, the cast of “Duck Dynasty,” swimmer Diana Nyad, “Good Morning America” host Robin Roberts and Pope Francis.

I'm tell you right now, if Kim Kardashian or Kanye West is chosen as the MOST fascinating, I will never watch ABC again. EVER!