Report: Three Celebs Said No to Barbara Walters 'Most Fascinating' Special

Barbara Walters didn't get everyone she wanted for her final "10 Most Fascinating People" special. According to an anonymous source who spoke to Radar Online, the three stars too elusive for Walters were rapper Jay Z and actors Kristen Stewart and Robert Downey Jr. These were part of a wish list that Walters started with before narrowing it down to her final list of ten.

"Typically, Barbara very carefully starts approaching people in September for the special, but she always accounts for getting turned down by some of her interview targets. They start with 30 names and narrow it down to get all the interviews done for Thanksgiving," the insider said. Meanwhile, has-been comedienne Sandra Bernhard hated Walters latching on to the "Duck Dynasty" crew:

“I don’t know how much lower we can go when you see Barbara Walters sitting with those toothless morons,” Bernhard told the New York Daily News. “Why should we even know about them? Why should we be intrigued by them? I’m not sure where we are headed.”

Bernhard still seems to be nominating herself for Most Fascinating:

The Chelsea native also gives herself props for her longevity in Hollywood, saying she’s “sort of an icon and a classic.”

“People appreciate me like a Lily Tomlin, a Bette Midler , like a Phyllis Diller, people who have careers their entire life, they’re great entertainers,” she says. “You never want to say that about yourself, but I think I fall under that category in my generation. Just not a lot of people who stay with it and stay creative and fresh, and I think that’s what people admire about me and why I’ve been able to maintain my audience for all these years.”

Tim Graham
Tim Graham
Tim Graham is Executive Editor of NewsBusters and is the Media Research Center’s Director of Media Analysis