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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.

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Steve Jobs might have been the Most Fascinating Person of 2011, according to Barbara Walters on her ABC special last night, but the Kardashians were most definitely the subject of this journalist's most fascinating interview.

At one point, Walters aired a video that gave a bit of background on Kim and her family, focusing for awhile on the 2007 sex tape she starred in with Ray J. A long while. We counted. For some reason, the network aired 24 seconds worth of footage from this tape.

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Asked if she regretted the video, Kim gave her usual, cliched, mannequin-like answer about how she's made many "mistakes" in her life, only for Kris Jenner to of course jump in and say her daughter has learned from them.

It's true. She's learned how to market her breasts even more.

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No matter what you think of Katy Perry or her music, she had a year to remember, and she has the #1 singles to prove it. A lot of them. Five and counting, to be exact.

Unlike Pippa Middleton, who made Barbara Walters' 10 Most Fascinating People of 2011 list for almost no reason, Perry reached rarefied music air in the last 12 months.

Katy's latest hit from her album Teenage Dream, "The One That Got Away," hits at #4 on the Billboard charts. The record's previous five singles all reached the #1 slot.

That and she's cute, quirky and fun. Put it all together and you've got someone worthy of sitting down for an interview at least. Here's Katy Perry's sit-down with Barbara:

Only she and Michael Jackson have achieved that many #1s from a single album, and only she, Janet Jackson and George Michael have six top five hits from one record.

Not a bad feat for a complete unknown just a few years back.

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Even Bill O'Reilly will have a hard time arguing this one.

On Wednesday, Barbara Walters announced her annual 10 Most Fascinating People list, and overtaking big names like Simon Cowell, Pippa Middleton, Katy Perry and the Kardashians was one person whose impact and legacy transcend all of them combined:

The late Steve Jobs.

The co-founder of Apple and the man responsible for numerous technology innovations that shape our lives on a daily basis, Jobs passed away this fall at age 56.

First diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2004, Jobs recovered, but it returned, and in 2009, he underwent a liver transplant. He resigned this summer as CEO.

At that point he became Walters' choice immediately, even though she never got to interview the man. Jobs is the first deceased Most Fascinating Person.

Truly a once-in-a-generation mind, Jobs was taken from us far too soon, but not before transforming technology - and modern life - in profound ways.

His fingerprints are on everything from the iTunes store to the iPod, iPhone, iPad, Pixar films and even the mouse. Yes, the mouse. In a word, he was awesome.

Steve Jobs: Good choice for Most Fascinating Person?

 

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Great. Thanks a lot, Khloe, Kourtney and Kim Kardashian. You've forced us to side with Bill O'Reilly.

On his Fox News program last night, the host sat down with Barbara Walters and grilled her over her ridiculous Most Fascinating People of 2011 list, which includes Simon Cowell, Derek Jeter, Pippa Middleton... and the Kardashians.

Why are we "lionizing" that family, O'Reilly asked, arguing they represent "all that's wrong with America" because they have "no talent," they make millions and "all they do is sit around and whine." Anyone care to disagree? Watch the exchange now:

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Near the end of every year, Barbara Walters airs her Most Fascinating People feature on ABC.

And every year the list is more and more ridiculous (in 2010, David Petraeus topped a group that included the Jersey Shore cast), simply a rundown of who has been in the news, as opposed to rankings of individuals who are actually interesting.

2011 is no different, as the journalist has revealed nine of her final 10, saving the number-one spot for viewers of her December 14 special. Let's take a look at the finalists, shall we?

Barbara Walters and the Kardashians

Kim, Khloe, and Kourtney Kardashian: They marry, procreate and Tweet for money. Their total and complete lack of personality is kind of fascinating, we guess.

Simon Cowell: One of the world's most successful music executives. Wears tight t-shirts. Speaks his mind.

Derek Jeter: Perhaps the most boring, least fascinating athlete on the planet. He plays very hard, is respectful of the game and, by all accounts, is a very nice guy. Does any of that make him an especially interesting individual?

Donald Trump: Okay, his hair is pretty fascinating.

Katy Perry: She sings fun pop ballads and wears weird outfits. Is anyone fascinated by the artist herself? Or do you just wanna bop around to "Last Friday Night?"

Pippa Middleton: Acceptable. The public is clearly fascinated by her and for good reason. Total cutie alert!

Eric Stonestreet and Jesse Tyler Ferguson: They are actors who portray a gay couple. How fascinating, right?!? Think it's a coincidence they also star on an ABC show?

So... who will be number-one? Our vote is for Lady Gaga. How about yours?

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Barbara Walters is looking to score the interview of the year.

Why else would she have dinner with Casey Anthony's attorney, Jose Baez, on Sunday night. Maybe he's delightful company, but there's no way that wasn't the motive.

According to TMZ, Baez, his wife, Walters and actor Frank Langella (they had just gone to see his play) all dined together as she looked to woo his most infamous client.

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They all dined at Orso in Manhattan for Jose's birthday, and while photographers tried to get details about am asking price for the interview, no one was talking.

According to our sources, Casey Anthony is laying low and isn't ready to tell her side of the story just yet. But when she does, Babwa is totes trying to call dibs.

Interestingly, when everyone said their goodbyes, Jose went to hug Barbara but was shooed away, with Walters urging him, "No, no, no. Don't do it."

She's shameless, but apparently not that shameless.

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Talk about a very Hot Topic...

On yesterday's installment of The View, co-host Whoopi Goldberg raised the issue of Republican Presidential candidate Rick Perry using a hunting camp whose named formerly had the N word in it. When Barbara Walters repeated the name of the camp (admitting it was "very hard" for her to even utter), Sherri Shepherd stepped in and objected:

"I didn't like the way you said it. I don't know if it's a semantics thing, but it's something that goes through my body."

Is that because Walters is white? Shepherd couldn't explain her issue, simply saying there was a "different connotation" when Goldberg said it versus when Walters said it. Watch the exchange below and then vote in our poll.

This is a sensitive topic, but we're curious for your feedback: Should white people ever say the N word?

 

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Bristol Palin is making the media rounds to promote her new book, Not Afraid of Life: My Journey So Far. Yes, Bristol Palin seriously has a memoir.

Today on The View, she was greeted by Barbara Walters and some surprisingly tough questions about Levi Johnston, her sex life and her morals.

It was kind of awkward for Bristol and viewers alike.

In response to Palin's claim that Levi stole her virginity when he pitched a tent - in more ways than one!! - that night in Alaska, Walters asked:

"It must have been okay, because you kept on having sex with him, yeah?"

Cringe.

Bristol Palin smiled and responded "We did it that one night and I just figured it's okay to do it again because I'd already broken my moral code."

Using that logic, Casey Anthony might as well have another baby and kill her too, because a moral code is a one-shot deal. Sorry, moving on.

Bristol also said she was on birth control at the time she got pregnant, but it wasn't used effectively. By effectively, she probably means at all.

Okay, now that images of a nude Levi Johnston and Bristol Palin fornicating have been burned into your brain, let's talk about something else.

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Taking a break from espousing their opinions on Gabrielle Giffords, Sarah Palin and blood libels, The View focused on something equally pressing this morning:

Snooki.

Responding to the Snooki and JWoww video from earlier in the week, which itself was a response to Joy Behar’s ridicule of them, Barbara Walters fought back.

Describing Snook as “a woman who drinks too much” (that's putting it mildly) and gets “smacked in the face,” Babs went about as far overboard as she can.

Behar commented drily, “I didn’t know they allowed cameras into AA meetings.”

Ohhh, you got them there. Your move, Jersey Shore cast. Your move.

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