For the past 20 years, Barbara Walters has held a special on ABC in which she chooses 10 people she found to be ‘most fascinating’ over the course of the year.
Last night, she named her 10 and interviewed eight of them. Most would agree with her choices: Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, British-Irish boy band One Direction, 50 Shades of Grey author E.L. James, actor/director Ben Affleck, Olympic gold medal gymnast Gabrielle Douglas, Seth MacFarlane of the insanely popular TV show Family Guy, and Govenor of New Jersey Chris Christie. Her other two choices (Honey Boo Boo of the TLC show by the same name and Prince Harry were not interviewed).
It was Walter’s number one, Most Fascinating Person of 2012, that had viewers in shock: former head of the CIA, General David Petraeus. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that Petraeus quit his position last month after an affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell, was discovered.
In defense of her choice, Walter’s says “David Petraeus was not chosen this year for his war record or his exemplary service to his country. This is about military honor, colliding with sex and lies in the digital age.”
It’s worth noting that 60-year-old Petraeus was also given the same honor of Most Fascinating Person back in 2010 (for his service to the country, not his ability to cause a scandal with his sex life).
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