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A director. A Gold Medal winner. A Governor and a few young, handsome singers.

What do these people have in common? According to Barbara Walters, they are all extremely interesting.

Indeed, the reporter has revealed some names on her annual list of the year's Most Fascinating People and they include:

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  • Ben Affleck Smirks
  • Chris Christie in a Tux

Walters will announce the rest, along with her choice as THE Most Fascinating Person of 2012, on December 12.

But let's beat her to it, THGers! Who do you think deserves this honor?

 

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Lindsay Lohan's highly-anticipated interview with Barbara Walters on ABC's 20/20 is off after the troubled star pulled the plug, according to reports.

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The modern-day Elizabeth Taylor portrayer was expected to appear on Friday, November 16 to promote her upcoming Lifetime biopic Liz & Dick.

Walters had visited the set and interviewed the 26-year-old on location.

However, according to Deadline, Lohan's PR team is "dissatisfied with the direction ABC wanted to take the interview" and reneged on her participation.

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Rielle Hunter was eviscerated on The View yesterday as the gabfest panel, in particular Whoopi Goldberg, went nuclear on John Edwards' mistress.

"In your book, you trash a dead lady," Goldberg stated, referring to Rielle Hunter's new tell-all book, in which she bashes Elizabeth Edwards often.

"That was kind of crappy."

Regarding What Really Happened: John Edwards, Our Daughter and Me, the author responded, "I wrote to tell the truth. I was truthful about their dynamic."

In the interview, Hunter acknowledged that despite recent photos of the happy family on a North Carolina beach, she broke up with John Edwards.

Asked if the split was caused by her memoir, Rielle dodged. "I don't want to hide any more," she said. "It's hard under media scrutiny, it takes a toll."

The mother of Edwards' love child spent a good part of the interview defending herself. "I'm not a mistress, I'm a mom," Rielle Hunter insisted.

Elisabeth Hasselbeck wasn't buying it: "Truth be told, you were a mistress." 

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In Friday afternoon's THG Caption Contest, we asked you to come up with the best one for this fun pic of Justin Bieber sitting down with Barbara Walters.

You all had plenty of material to make up quality captions, and you delivered. Our winner is justine bieber ... who we're gonna guess is using an alias.

Either way, nice work! The winning entry appears below.

Honorable mentions go out to Alyssa and TaraJo47807. Thanks to all of you for playing as always, and best of luck in our next Caption Contest!

Justin Bieber and Barbara Walters

JB: One word about the sixteenth chapel and I will ruin your career.
BW: Bitch please.

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Welcome, readers, to another edition of THG's Caption Contest!

We just came across this picture, and well, we'd love to have been a fly on the wall. But we can imagine what was said at least - in the form of your captions!

What are Justin Bieber and Barbara Walters thinking or saying?

You tell us! Just leave comment(s) below with the best caption(s) for the photo! Go to it! We will announce a winner Monday. Best of luck!

Justin Bieber and Barbara Walters

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"Do you like it when he's rough?"

With these words, and accompanying visuals, Barbara Walters made Elisabeth Hasselbeck crack up, viewers scratch their heads and Whoopi Goldberg's "eyes bleed."

The 82-year-old was yammering about sex this morning The View, inspired by the erotic novel series 50 Shades of Grey, in which a 20-something girl starts a relationship with an attractive, wealthy man who's into bondage and S&M.

Suffice to say, it was an awkward:

Hasselbeck, a married mother of three, sort of dodged the question by saying she's on a break right now ... but for Whoopi and others, the damage was done.

For a less disturbing discussion of this hot topic, follow this link to tell us who you think should play the leads in the upcoming 50 Shades of Grey movie.

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Duchess Catherine's sister Pippa Middleton has given exactly no interviews since the Royal Wedding in April. Are Barbara Walters and Oprah angling to change that?

British tabloids are reporting that Walters and Oprah are engaged in a bidding war to book the 28-year-old party planner for a TV special - potentially for big bucks.

Walters, 82, denied on The View Monday. "It's not true," the journalist said.

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"ABC News does not pay for interviews. I have no idea what Oprah does, but ABC does not pay. She's not a news program, so maybe they have a different policy."

That doesn't mean Walters wouldn't be up for interviewing Pippa Middleton, who was one of her most fascinating people of 2011, as unveiled in late December.

"To make it clear: Would I like to do the interview? Yes, I would like to I think she's a charming, beautiful girl," Walters said. "Will we pay to do the interview? No."

They could make a major donation to a charity of Kate Middleton's choice in exchange for an interview, though. That's not technically paying. Loopholes, people.

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Barack and Michelle Obama will appear on ABC's 20/20 tonight.

Barbara Walters, who says she may retire in 2012, conducted the interview with the First Couple and aired a preview of it yesterday on The View (below).

In the sit-down, Michelle Obama talked about the importance of prioritizing herself, even while married to the U.S. President, and sending the right message to the couple's two young daughters. Clearly, the family dynamic works for them:

This great exchange also happens at another juncture:

Walters: "What is your biggest peeve of each other?"
President Obama: "I don't have one."
Walters: "Aww."
Michelle Obama: "My list is too long."

Hey, at least the payroll tax cut extension passed.

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Barbara Walters told President Barack Obama she's retiring next year, according to TMZ, which cites sources who heard Barbara say it to him personally.

The legendary TV figure (we can't say "journalist" after the Kim Kardashian sex tape footage she aired the other night) interviewed Obama on Thursday.

According to the source, during a break, Barbara leaned over to Obama and said, "I need one more interview with you because I'm retiring next year."

Walters' mic was on when she said it, and lots of people were listening ... but here's the thing. She's joked about retirement for years and years now.

Barbara still does specials for the network, in addition to The View. Her Most Fascinating People special generated enormous buzz as it always does.

Obama was not on the list, natch, while Steve Jobs (above) was #1.

Jeff Schneider, Sr. VP of ABC News, said "Barbara has joked that she is retiring every year" and "anyone who just did a day trip to Syria, 90-minute prime time special and an interview with the President and First Lady hardly sounds like someone retiring."

So, there you go. Walters, 82, is probably staying put.